The Royal Scroll-Pen Picures-Genesis to Revelations-Topical Bible Study (1900)



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For Leyendecker collectors, an exceedingly rare and very early work by J.C. Leyendecker (1874-1951). At the age of 19, he was given his first commercial commission: 60 illustrations for an edition of The Bible published by the Powers Brothers Company in 1894.

This item, The Royal Scroll, was published by Powers, Higley and Company, in 1900, and includes all 60 Leyendecker illustrations for the previous publication. There are also numerous other color illustrations by other artists, but it's J.C.L. that is important here!

The Royal Scroll is a 17 x 16 x 2 inch clothbound box which opens up to reveal a large scroll on top and a smaller scroll below. The cover folds down to form a bookstand and on the cover is mounted a book which can be referred to while viewing the scrolls.

Miraculously, this item from 1900 is complete and in working order! The turning key is included. The two scrolls both function and the latch holding the cover functions.

The contents:

Two scrolls:

A small format Scroll: A complete Panorama of Sacred Story by L.W.Yaggy.
Plates and Printing by Lithotone Company, Chicago.
129 plates including the plates by artist J. C. Leyendecker.
The plates are viewed three across and one scrolls down to view the next three.

A large format Scroll: Illuminated Life of Christ, including the principal Events - A Collection of the World's Masterpieces - 20 screens.

A book mounted to the cover with two sections:

Pen Pictures from Genesis to Revelation - 76 Pages
Bible Study in Topical Form answering the Who, When, Where, What, Why of the Scriptures - 74 Pages

1 general map of the countries mentioned in the Bible.
4 pages of maps of Palestine.

Box worn on the outside, cloth worn at edges and corners, but solid internally, all inside material in working condition, scrolls function, turning key included, and the outside lock functions.


J. C. Leyendecker

Condition & Attributes

Very Good+ (stains and wear to the cloth covering the box, especially on the outside and along the seams, inside material in very sound condition, the scrolls function, turning key is present, and the outside lock functions)


J. C.

Publishing Information

Powers, Higley and Company

Physical Description

17 inches
16 inches
color illustrations