HOLY BIBLE, KING JAMES VERSION, Hardings Fine Edition, Philadelphia: Jesper Harding & Son, 1858. Large decoratively embossed leather-bound hardcover w/ ornate gilt titling on spine and gilt illustration of Christ on front board with shepherd's staff, 4to (12 x 10"), good+/n.a.,), O.T. 576 pp., Apoc. 116 pp., N.T. 768 pp., Concordance. 41 pp. . This Bible has been re-backed with original spine cloth laid down, spine re-glued, all leather treated with Klucel G to recondition the leather and stop the spread of dry rot. The binding and text block express complete integrity, albeit with light age toning, occasional page edge chipping, and light sporadic foxing, none which effects use. All plates are present and wonderful. Color illustrated plates at front of the O.T. and the N.T. , several magnificent b/w illustrated plates throughout. Herein is a story of the early days, and some would say glory days, of Gordonsville, VA. This Bible belonged to the early, founding, and instrumental citizens of that fair town. The genealogy, kept therein, is most likely that of Clementina V. Beale herself (1825-1885), wife of Charles W. Beale. (Her maiden name was Baker by the way.) Their marriage in Gordonsville (10.19.1848) is recorded in this Bible, along with the births, marriages, and deaths of nearly all their other immediate relatives including those in the Peyton family. This Bible would have been in the town of Gordonsville during the American Civil War. Gordonsville (incorporated 1870) was a crossroad for two major railroads both before and during the American Civil War. Being thus, it was highly sought after by Union and Confederate armies. The later of which made great use of the town just before several major battles designed to keep the Union from taking it. Several people, whose names are recorded in this Bible, undoubtedly were very involved in that war of northern aggression. Own a piece of history. This book was in Gordonsville when the Confederate generals stayed there! An important sector of time is captured within these pages - quite the distinctive book indeed.