"BREECHES" BIBLE IMPRINTED AT LONDON BY CHRISTOPHER BARKER PRINTER TO THE QUEEN'S MOFT EXCELLENT MAIEFTIE 1579. FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE QUARTO PRINTED IN ENGLAND!HERBERT # 159 D & M # 120. 9" x 6 1/2" x 2 1/2 thick overall.
PRINTED IN BEAUTIFUL GOTHIC, OLD ENGLISH BLACKLETTER TYPE FONT! ABOUT THE GENEVA "BREECHES" BIBLE. The Geneva Bible is one of the most historically significant translations of the Bible into English, preceding the King James translation by 51 years. It was the primary Bible of 16th century Protestantism and was the Bible used by William Shakespeare , Oliver Cromwell , John Knox , John Donne, and John Bunyan, author of Pilgrim's Progress. It was one of the Bibles taken to America on the Mayflower, it was used by many English Dissenters and it was still respected by Oliver Cromwell's soldiers at the time of the English Civil War in the booklet Cromwell's Soldiers' Pocket Bible.This version of the Holy Bible is significant because, for the very first time, a mechanically printed, mass-produced Bible was made available directly to the general public which came with a variety of scriptural study guides and aids (collectively called an apparatus), which included verse citations which allow the reader to cross-reference one verse with numerous relevant verses in the rest of the Bible, introductions to each book of the Bible which acted to summarize all of the material that each book would cover, maps, tables, woodcut illustrations , indexes, as well as the very first time Chapters and Verses were ever numbered! All of which would eventually lead to the reputation of the Geneva Bible as history's very first study Bible. Because the language of the Geneva Bible was more forceful and vigorous, most readers preferred this version strongly over the Great Bible. In the words of Cleland Boyd McAfee, "it drove the Great Bible off the field by sheer power of excellence". During the reign of Queen Mary I of England (155358), a number of Protestant scholars fled from England to Geneva, Switzerland, which was then ruled as a republic in which John Calvin and, later, Theodore Beza provided the primary spiritual and theological leadership. Among these scholars was William Whittingham, who supervised the translation now known as the Geneva Bible, in collaboration with Myles Coverdale, Christopher Goodman, Anthony Gilby, Thomas Sampson, and William Cole; several of this group later became prominent figures in the Vestments controversy. Whittingham was directly responsible for the New Testament, which was complete and published in 1557, while Gilby oversaw the Old Testament.
The first full edition of this Bible, with a further revised New Testament, appeared in 1560, but it was not printed in England until 1575 (New Testament) and 1576 (complete Bible). Over 150 editions were issued; the last probably in 1778. The very first Bible printed in Scotland was a Geneva Bible, which was first issued in 1579.
Some editions from 1576 onwards included Laurence Tomson's revisions of the New Testament. Some editions from 1599 onwards used a new "Junius" version of the Book of Revelation, in which the notes were translated from a new Latin commentary by Franciscus Junius. The annotations which are an important part of the Geneva Bible were Calvinist and Puritan in character, and as such they were disliked by the ruling pro-government Anglicans of the Church of England, as well as King James I, who commissioned the "Authorized Version", or King James Bible, in order to replace it. The Geneva Bible had also motivated the earlier production of the Bishops' Bible under Elizabeth I, for the same reason, and the later Douai- Rheims edition by the Catholic community.
The Geneva Bible remained popular among Puritans and remained in widespread use until after the English Civil War. The Geneva notes were surprisingly included in a few editions of the King James version, even as late as 1715. Supplied in fine facsimile on sympathetic cotton linen paper: The Bible. Translated according to the Ebrew and Greeke, and conferred with the best translations in diuers languages. With most profitable Annotations upon all the hard places, and other things of great importance, as may appeare in the Epistle to the Reader.
Imprinted at London by Christopher Barker, Printer to the Queenes most excellent Maiestie. Cum gratia & priuilegio Regiae Maiestatis. The border resembles that in the folio edition of 1578; with two symbolic female figures, the royal arms, the lion and dragon, and the initials C B ; the tablet is blank. Century Bibles are all too often found lacking their general title pages after being looted for their fine art work. In support, the example that was studied to create Herbert entry #159 was also lacking.Foliated 1-378, printed in beautiful Gothic Blackletter type font with marginal notes printed in Roman type font, features wonderful floriated initials at the beginning of each book, No loose, missing, ripped or torn pages, the cotton linen paper is very bright, crisp and clean with strong corners, straight edges and clean gutters, wide margins all around extending well beyond the text, virtually free from damp staining, occasional and only very minor soiling that is much less than usual found, first leaf of Genesis with repaired blank footer margin without loss of scripture text but with loss of a few words of the notes, Very Good +, COMPLETE. 1 page, The New Testament of our Lord Jesus Christ, Conferred diligently with the Greeke, a best approved translations in divers languages. Imprinted at London by Christopher Barker, printer to the Queenes Majesty, 1579. The border resembles that in the folio edition of 1578; with two symbolical female figures, the royal arms, the lion and dragon, and the initials CB ; the tablet is blank.
A very detailed full page engraving and a strong impression, verso is blank and clean, Just Beautiful! THE SUMME OF THE WHOLE SCRIPTURE OF THE BOOKES OF THE OLDE AND NEWE TESTAMENT. 2 pages, printed in Roman type font, features a beautiful floriated initial and an amazing dragon head tailpiece engraving dated 1576, very crisp and clean, Very Good +, COMPLETE.
CERTAINE QUESTIONS & ANSWERS TOUCHING THE DOCTRINE OF PREDESTINATION, THE USE OF GODS WORDE AND SACRAMENTS. 3 pages, printed in blackletter type font, also features a beautiful floriated initial and an amazing cherubic cornucopia tailpiece engraving, very crisp and clean, Very Good +, COMPLETE. THE NAMES AND ORDER OF ALL THE BOOKES OF THE OLDE AND NEW TESTAMENT. 1 page, the table of contents, calls for the apocrypha not present in this example, crisp and clean, Very Nice!
Foliated 1-121 , printed in beautiful Gothic Blackletter type font with marginal notes printed in Roman type font, features wonderful floriated initials at the beginning of each book, No loose, missing, ripped or torn pages, the cotton linen paper is very bright, crisp and clean with good corners, straight edges and clean gutters, wide margins all around extending well beyond the text, no damp staining, minor soiling that is much less than usual found, lower inner margin of leaf 31 repaired with loss to some notes, Colophon: Imprinted at London by Christopher Barker , Printer to the Queenes most excellent majesty, dwelling in Paternoster Rowe, at the sign of the Tygres head. A BRIEF TABLE OF THE INTERPRETATION OF THE PROPER NAMES WHICH ARE CHIEFLY FOUND IN THE OLDE TESTAMENT.
Unpaginated, 7 pages, the first table, printed in blackletter type font in double columns with Roman type font notes, very clean and crisp, Perfect! A TABLE OF THE PRINCIPALL THINGS THAT ARE CONTEYNED IN THE BIBLE , AFTER THE ORDER OF THE ALPHABET. Unpaginated, 19 pages, the second table, printed in blackletter type font in triple columns, final page with a beautiful tailpiece engraving, clean and crisp, Very Nice! A PERFITE SUPPUTATION OF THE YEERES AND TIMES FROM THE CREATION OF THE WORLD, UNTO THIS PRESENT YEERE OF OUR Lord God 1578 PROVED BY THE SCRIPTURES, AFTER THE COLLECTION OF DIVERS AUTHORS. 2 pages, printed in blackletter type font, last page with Finis and Imprinted at London by Christopher Barker, Printer to the queens majesty.Clean and crisp, Very Good! THE WHOLE BOOKE OF PSALMES TITLE PAGE. 1 page, printed at London by John Daye, dwelling over Alder Gate. Including two scripture verses from James 5 and Colossians 3 and an amazing central printers device engraving, the verso contains To The Reader featuring an beautiful floriated initial and fleuron head and tailpiece engravings, very crisp and clean, Just Beautiful!
THE WHOLE BOOKE OF PSALMES COLLECTED INTO ENGLISHE METRE. 8 pages of musical staves then paginated 1-92, ends with Psalm 138 so lacks the last few leaves, crisp and clean, Very Nice! This ancient treasure is newly rebound in luxurious brown full leather. The covers are wonderfully extra blind stamped with several different tools. The spine has 4 raised cords creating five compartments containing a gold lined and stamped label "Holy Bible" and gold stamped date "1579".
Beautifully hand marbled end sheets complete the restoration wonderfully. An amazing Elizabethan First edition thus of the historic Geneva Bible with plenty of shelf appeal sure to delight both the soul and the senses! A WORD FROM THE CONSERVATOR. This Bible has undergone a professional page by page comprehensive paper conservation leaving no condition concerns or further actions required. Many newer collectors often call into question the authenticity of our Bibles because of their outstanding , fine condition.
As with any item of age, value is determined according to condition-condition-condition! Each and every leaf is guaranteed authentic as intended by the original printer (except where noted). This ancient 16th century treasure is NOT a replica, reproduction, facsimile, reprint or forgery. The fine art of hand bookbinding and conservation is alive and well in 2018. We strive hard to acquire only those Bibles which we would like to collect ourselves, perform any needed restoration work professionally to archival standards and present them to you free from concerns.There has been much discussion regarding the addition of this volume to our permanent collection! Antiquarian Bibles continue to increase in value-In fact, they have done so at about ten percent per year over the last ten years making them a sensible addition to any portfolio. A RARE OPPORTUNITY TO OWN A TRUE MUSEUM PIECE! ANOTHER QUALITY ANTIQUARIAN BIBLE FROM. ANCIENT WORDS EVER TRUE RARE BIBLES.
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