PRUSSIA – BIBLE – AUTOGRAPHED AND DATED – PERSONAL BIBLE OF QUEEN ELISABETH LUDOVIKA OF PRUSSIA.
We are most honored to share with you a treasured piece of Prussian royalty the personal Bible belonging to Queen Elisabeth Ludovika of Prussia (1801-1873).
Queen Elisabeth Ludovika was born in Bavaria and was pledged in marriage to Friedrich Wilhelm IV of Prussia. They were married in 1823 and would remain so until his death in 1861. She had become Queen Consort in 1840 upon the death of King Friedrich Wilhelm III who had lead Prussia during the Napoleonic wars. Upon his death her husband rose to the throne of Prussia. He suffered numerous strokes beginning in 1857 and was totally incapacitated in 1858. His younger brother Wilhelm stepped in as Regent in 1858 and would serve as such until the death of his elder brother in 1861. As King and Later the first German Emperor Wilhelm I held his sister-in-law in high regard and considered her as a true friend. After the death of her husband Friedrich-Wilhelm IV, Elizabeth did a lot of charity work in Prussia and Germany.
This is a complete bible with several interesting touches. To begin Queen Elisabeth Ludovika’s royal cypher is seen on the outside cover in gold with the Prussian crown over it. This is ringed by two bands of gold, one larger than the others.
The title on the side is “Die Heilige Schrift” which translates to the Holy Scriptures. There is some damage to the binding where there is a 2″ separation. Having said that there is no danger of the binding coming apart and the pages coming loose.
Inside is where the really interesting details come to light. As we open the Bible we see the liner is a sumptuous watermarked silk. The flyleaf is a rich velum. Inscribed on it is a dedication which is dated 23 January 1870. This dedication is done in black ink and below it is her bold signature in blue ink. As we turn the page we see a crowned portrait of King Friedrich Wilhelm IV. Directly across from this on the next page we see a similar portrait of Elisabeth as a young woman. This portrait is protected by a small piece of onion skin paper. Directly across from the title page we see a large portrait of Martin Luther. Prussia unlike Bavaria and Southern Germany was predominately Protestant.
One final detail. As you hold the book and view the edges of the pages you see that they gold. This is a very rich Bible and highly important having been owned and autographed by a Queen of Germany for a period of twenty years.