Frequently Asked Questions
Can you discuss / evaluate / help identify/ appraise/ a Bible
that I already own? … and might you be interested in buying it from
Yes, but BEFORE you call or E-Mail us, about your Bible or book, you MUST
FIRST go to our Appraisals Page,
and follow the required steps there. It will only take a moment. Please
do not call us or email us with questions about a Bible or book that you
own, until AFTER you visit the Appraisals
Page, and see if your question is answered there, as it is 90% of
Can you send me a PRINTED catalogue or list of available items?
No...sorry. We do NOT publish a printed catalogue or list. Our inventory
turns over far too quickly. We have several thousand ancient Bibles in
stock, and we sell hundreds of thousands of dollars worth every MONTH!
Any printed catalogue would be out of date before it came off the press.
The website, (which shows a good representative sampling of less than
5% of our total inventory), will give you a good general idea of how vast
our selection is, and the approximate price range of most types of items.
Call us once you have a general idea of what you might want, and we will
discuss your options with you.
Do you have a copy of the 1872 or 1927 edition of...
NO. With the exception of our facsimile reproductions, we only sell items that were printed MORE THAN 200 YEARS AGO. We only buy and sell Bibles from the 1700's, 1600's, 1500's, 1400's and 1300's. Also, we do not sell antique Bibles or books that cost less than $1,000. In fact, nearly all the Bibles we sell are over $3,500.
Could you help me find an out-of-print Bible published by Holman
or Thomas Nelson or Zondervan (or some other modern-day publisher)?
Again, please carefully read the answer to the question above. We ONLY deal in ANCIENT Bibles that were printed MORE THAN 200 YEARS AGO, which tend to be fairly expensive. Also, we cannot “refer you to another dealer” who might have that type of material, because NOBODY in the world specializes in Bibles that are “old and out-of-print, but not ancient and really expensive.” There is virtually no market for that, (thus, no profit), so nobody specializes in that. Try contacting the publisher for advice on out-of-print Bibles. That's just NOT what we do.
Where can I go to have my old Bible repaired or rebound?
Check your local Yellow Pages Telephone Directory under the heading "BOOKBINDERS".
Where do you GET these ancient Bibles that you sell?
We acquire our inventory from many sources including: museums, seminaries,
private galleries, large estate sales, Sotheby’s & Christie’s,
English country book fairs, other rare book dealers, insurance companies,
antiquity brokers, our own customers, and people who find our website
and have a Bible they wish to sell us.
Why don't you also offer more affordable Bibles ($15 to $75)
like you can easily find in any of the many Christian Bookstores across
Because you can easily find them at any of the many Christian Bookstores
across America. We are NOT a bookstore; we are the world's largest Biblical
Antiquities Dealer. Lamborghini Dealers don't usually sell Fords and Chevy’s,
Where are you, and do you have a "Store Front" location
that I can visit?
All Bibles are stored in our Bible Museum & Showroom in the Phoenix,
Arizona area. We are happy to give directions to our facility upon request.
Our showroom is open to the public 24-hours-a-day, but purchases can be
made only on an individual appointment basis. You can see photos of our
showroom on the Company History & Showroom
page. Our Director of Marketing handles
all questions, advertising, and website sales from our Lake Mary, Florida
marketing office (ten miles North of Orlando, FL), but NO BOOKS are kept
at that address.
Why would you tear apart some of your Bibles to sell them by
the individual leaf?
WE DO NOT! We only sell leaves from Bibles that were already missing MANY
pages when we acquired them. For more details, see the side-note on the
Our Bible Leaves page.
What exactly is a “facsimile reproduction” of an
We suggest that you read our Overview
of our Facsimiles page for more details.
Do you offer a "money-back-guarantee"?
Yes, of course. Your satisfaction is unconditionally guaranteed with ANY
Bible, leaf, or book purchased. Simply call us or email us within not
more than ONE WEEK of receiving your order and ask for our return shipping
address and return authorization. You will receive a 100% refund as soon
as we get the returned package. Please note that after one week from the
date you receive your order, all sales become FINAL. We do also, however,
offer a LIFETIME (no time limit) guaranteed 100% dollar-for-dollar buyback
for store credit on any ancient Bible purchased… so you know your
Bible will never go down in value. Try to find another rare book dealer
willing to make you that offer! We stand behind what we sell.
What methods of payment do you accept?
We accept ALL major credit cards on orders up to ten thousand dollars.
We accept Money Orders and Bank Cashier's Checks on ANY size order. Wire
Funds Transfer is also acceptable. The only thing we do NOT accept is
Personal Checks (and of course, subway tokens, food stamps, small pebbles,
livestock, and most garden vegetables, including legumes and squash).
We have, on occasion, been known to barter and trade one rare Bible for
another one… or to accept a rare Bible as partial payment for a
more expensive rare Bible.
How can we be sure that an ancient Bible is a genuine original,
and not some kind of “counterfeit” made to look ancient?
Actually that sort of thing simply does not happen. In the 23 years we
have been in this business, we have never once heard of any dealer, anywhere,
trying to pass off a “fake” as an antiquarian Bible. They
simply cannot be counterfeited in such a way that would fool even the
most naïve of people. One cannot manufacture “aged” rag
cotton linen sheets, nor convincingly duplicate the irregular and uneven
appearance of print from an ancient moveable-type press. To even attempt
to do so, and do it well, would cost more money than all but the most
expensive of the genuine originals would be worth… so there is no
incentive. Much like ancient gold coins or classic automobiles, this is
an arena in which “fakes” have simply never been convincingly
attempted by anyone.
True, we sell “facsimile reproductions” ourselves on this
website… but they are merely a photographic imaging that is100%
identical to the textual appearance of the originals for study purposes.
They do not have the physical structure, “feel”, patina, or
aged qualities of the real thing. Even most children would know instantly
that they are not real. Of course, the brand-new paper, flawless appearance,
and the ISBN number and copyright date in the front might give it away
Think about it: if I show you a high-quality $50 poster of a Rembrandt
or Monet painting… it looks photographically 100% identical to the
original for study purposes, but it does not have the brush strokes, or
cracking paint on canvas, or “feel” of an ancient original.
Anyone would know instantly is was not real.
As soon as you hold one of our genuine original ancient Bibles in your
hands, you will see why this is simply not an issue. Nevertheless, we
are happy to provide you with a Certificate of Authenticity for any Bible
purchased, and such certificates come automatically with any Bible Leaf
purchased. If you still have questions or concerns about this, just contact
us any time, and be sure to review our References
How quickly will I get my order and what are your shipping charges?
Orders for Bible leaves and facsimiles are typically processed within
a day or two, and then shipped by FED EX 2 to 3 business-day air.
need it even faster than that (my… you are in a hurry), just ask
about guaranteed overnight shipping at a very small additional fee.
Bibles are shipped within 24-hours via FED EX Overnight at no charge
to you for shipping. FREE FAST SHIPPING: FED EX Shipping is FREE on any order of $400 or more, and for any order under $400, FED EX Shipping is a flat-rate of just $15. International
shipping rates are discussed at the bottom of the CONTACT
Do you own this material, or are you just brokering it?
We own it all. It is our in-house inventory. On rare occasion, we will
go outside of our own inventory to locate a special request for a customer,
but that is not necessary 95% of the time. We have tens of millions of
dollars worth of rare Bibles and ancient theology books in stock.
Is this a "profit-driven" company, or a "charitable
We are not a non-profit organization (we have mouths to feed). A very
significant portion of our profits, however, do go to fund the distribution
of Bibles around the world to missionaries and those who need a Bible.
Much of the rest of the profit goes back into the business for acquiring
and restoring ancient Bibles to preserve them for future generations.
You may wish to read the article
written about us in the Arizona Republic for more details.
"Isn't it wrong to profit from the sale of God's Word?"
(It is truly sad that anyone would actually hold such a delusional view,
or ask such an offensive question... yet people continue to ask it.) Think
about it: Don't you pay your Pastor a salary? Don't Bible publishers make
a profit? Doesn't your local Christian Bookstore make a profit? Did you
know that a large portion of our profits have enabled us to GIVE AWAY
MILLIONS OF BIBLES to missionaries around the world?
Ha! I assume by your reply above that you have your share of
“mixed nuts” that call you?
Oh my… we sure do! If you are in the mood for a good laugh, be sure
to visit our official GREATSITE.COM “Phone Call
Hall of Shame” to read the transcripts of some of our most frustrating
How is the "market price" of these rare Bibles established?
Am I getting a "good deal"?
When pricing Bibles, we generally use the price we PAID as well as the
last auction-house price of similar material as guidelines for determining
an appropriate price level. Being the dominant force in the rare Bible
market, our prices actually tend to "set the pace" for the world
market to some extent. Those who collect stamps, coins, baseball cards,
and comic books have objective publications they can turn to for pricing
guidelines because millions of people are active collectors of that material.
Even those who collect “modern firsts” books (a first edition
of 20th century classics like “Gone with the Wind”, etc.)
have a objective publication called “Book Prices Realized”
that they can turn to for pricing guidelines. Because there are “only”
several thousand people who collect ancient Bibles, our market does not
have such objective pricing guideline publications. Admittedly, the rare
Bible market is a small “niche” market, but our company is
the primary “market maker”, and we have a reputation for high
quality, vast selection, and very reasonable prices for over 16 years.
So, you mean that you really don't have any "competitors"?
Well, that depends on how you define "competitor". If you mean
"Is there anyone else who moves even 10 % of the quantity of antiquarian
Bibles that you do?"...the answer is NO. If you think there are many
people who sell this material, I invite you to grab your local Yellow
Pages Phone Directory and call ALL the used book dealers, and ask how
many have even ONE Bible in stock that is over 200 years old. I doubt
that you will find even ONE! They are THAT SCARCE and they are bought-up
immediately when found. We sell more rare and antique Bibles than all
the other rare book dealers in the world COMBINED. Our position in this
small market has been one of “nearly a monopoly” for a decade
and a half.
I'd love to have a complete four-century-old English Bible...
perhaps an early King James or early Geneva Bible... bound in full
leather, as a display item and family heirloom. I've got a little
less than $4,500 to spend on it, though... is it possible for me to
get a nice one on such a limited budget?
Yes, you certainly can. Check out our Antique Bible Buyer's Guide Page for details.
What is the single biggest obstacle… the most frequently
occurring problem… that STOPS an otherwise very enthusiastic customer
from collecting your more expensive ancient Bibles?
You are going to be shocked by my answer. The “money” is the
issue only about 20% of the time, because most of the people collecting
Bibles over $10,000 each are fairly well-off and they consider it an investment.
What stops them the other 80% of the time? Believe it or not, it is nearly
always the same thing: their wife!
The majority of our customers who purchase our most expensive items are
men who are successful business owners and have become Christians later
in life. Most of the time, these men are married to women who are either
not Christians, or if they are Christians… they simply don’t
share their husband’s deep passion for the Word of God. They do,
however, hold great influence over their husband. I have to smile when
I hear men speak with such false bravado about how they “make all
the decisions” and how they are the “head of the family”.
Someone once said, “the man may be the head of the family, but the
woman is the neck… and the neck turns the head!” It is so
You would not believe how frequently we have long-standing customers
call us and say that not only do they have to stop collecting the ancient
Bibles that they love so dearly… (that were to be a great part of
their children’s inheritance, and that have already doubled in value
in the past five years)… but they are also being forced to sell
every Bible they have immediately! What would cause this, you ask? Are
they being sued or has there been a family tragedy? No. Each time, they
sheepishly tell me the same thing… “Well, my wife says I can’t
spend any more money on Bibles, and she is angry every time she looks
at my collection, and she says I have to sell them all right now.”
This is not an isolated incident… we see it happen all the time.
It is the single biggest obstacle in our business. What is the moral to
this story? It is two-fold: First; if you are not married, obey the teachings
of the Lord and only marry a believer who shares your passion for the
Word of God. Second; if it is too late for you to take that advice, at
least discuss your desire to collect ancient Bibles with your wife before
you begin, so she does not feel resentful of your collection.
Our most satisfied customers are often couples who share a passion for
collecting God’s Word… and it draws them closer to each other
as they pursue it together. A house divided against itself cannot stand
You use the terms "folio" and "quarto" and
"octavo" frequently... what do these terms mean?
They refer to the size of a book or Bible in terms of how many times the
original sheets were folded and cut to fit into the binding. If folded
once, the result is the largest of books, a "folio". A large
pulpit Bible for example, is always a folio. If folded again (and cut,
of course, to allow all pages to open), the result is a "quarto".
Over 90% of all books on the shelves at your local bookstore today are
“quartos” measuring approximately 9 by 6 inches… give
or take an inch. Did you ever notice that the vast majority of books are
about the same height? If folded and cut again, you have an "octavo"
book, like a small purse-bible. Even smaller books are called "12mo"
and "16mo", etc.
I'd like to learn more about the famous historical printings
of the Bible in the English language. Where can I learn more?
You can start by reviewing our English
Bible History Page. This should give you a detailed foundational knowledge
of the subject, and help you to decide what items you would like to have
in your personal collection.