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I have an old german bible(over 100 years old) that I have sitting in a box but thought it could get better use.

It would need to be rebound but is in good condition besides that. Would the library be interested in this book or should I contact a museum?
Last Updated: Apr 30, 2012  |  1553 Views
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We appreciate your interest! Generally speaking, an old German Bible that needs rebinding does not have a high interest level because there is a large number of old German Bibles in the US in relatively good condition.  It does not sound as if this Bible is of archival quality, unless it is an edition that would be very hard to obtain in excellent condition.  If you are mainly interested in finding a good home for it, the German-American Society might have members who are interested, German or religious studies majors might enjoy the book, and someone might find it irresistable at the Friends of the Library booksale.  If you want to get a rough idea of the market value of old German Bibles (along with pictures, dates of Bible publication, etc.), visit, type German Bibles in the search box, and select the category Antiques.  I would use this, as well as the companion German ebay site, to help you determine if your Bible had value to a library or a museum if you brought your Bible in.  I would also try to find out anything I could about the publisher and the year of publication.  Also, what kind of binding does it have?  Is it illustrated?  How worn are the pages?  (Is there anything that makes this Bible special out of all the other old German Bibles?) Also, please don't hurry to rebind the Bible--that causes antique books to lose value.  I hope this gives you some ideas about what to do next! We have staff who can read and speak German fluently, so if you need help with this, feel free to contact us.

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Other Answers / Comments (2)

  1. I have a German bible that is old and new testaments 1866 leather bound
    by Lisa Kuntzman I on Sep 04, 2016.
  2. I have a german bible 1798 leather bound. Fairly good condition.
    by marlis clutts on Dec 21, 2016.

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