"BREECHES" BIBLE IMPRINTED AT LONDON BY CHRISTOPHER BARKER PRINTER TO THE QUEEN'S MOFT EXCELLENT MAIEFTIE 1589 CONFORMS TO : HERBERT # 200, VARIANT B D & M # 154. 8 1/2" x 6 1/2" x 3 thick overall. PRINTED IN BEAUTIFUL GOTHIC, OLD ENGLISH BLACKLETTER TYPE FONT! AMAZING ORIGINAL LEATHER BINDING AND ORIGINAL CLASPS! 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. THE BOOKE OF COMMON PRAYER TITLE PAGE. 1 page, imprinted at London by the Deputies of Christopher Barker, Printer to the Queenes most excellent Majesty. Features a lovely cherubic headpiece engraving and a smaller ornate engraving feature two fishes, Supplied in fine facsimile on sympathetic cotton linen paper, verso is blank and clean, Well done! THE BOOKE OF COMMON PRAYER. Unpaginated, signed A1-D2 , printed in blackletter type font in double columns, includes the desirable extra book of Psalmes or the Psalter, features wonderful woodcut initials throughout, a beautiful cherubic woodcut at the end of Psalmes and on the final leaf as well. The paper is bright, supple and generally very clean with strong corners and adequate margins all around, Very Nice! 1 leaf, the forward, features a lovely floriated initial, with Howe to take profit in reading of the holy Scriptures by T. GRASHOP on the verso, Very Nice! 1 page, Imprinted at London by Christopher Barker, 1589, ornate engraving with Joshua 1:8 in the center, verso with Of the incomparable treasure of the holy Scriptures, Supplied in fine facsimile on sympathetic cotton linen paper, Well done! Foliated 1- 358, mis-numbered at times, beautiful blackletter text with Roman type font marginal notes, amazing floriated and historiated initials, adequate margins all around with an occasional header margin cropped tight to the running headlines and outer margins cropped tight to the notes, leaf 26 with lower corner repaired resulting in loss to a few words to two verses on the recto and verso. Leaf 313 supplied in fine facsimile. NO loose, missing or torn pages, strong corners and straight edges. Paper is clean, supple and bright, virtually free from damp staining, has some minor soiling as expected without offense, final leaf of Malachi with an ornate engraving of Barkers device with the imprinted inscription TIGRE REO ANIMALE DEL ADAM VECCHIO FIGLIVOLO MERCE LEVANGELIO FATTO NESTAT AGNELLO , Excellent! Foliated 359-434, mis-numbered at times, beautiful blackletter text with Roman type font marginal notes, amazing floriated and historiated initials. Adequate margins all around with an occasional header margin cropped tight to the running headlines and outer margins cropped tight to the notes, NO loose, missing or torn pages, strong corners and straight edges. Paper is clean, supple and bright, virtually free from damp staining, has some minor soiling as expected without offense, final leaf with a wonderful woodcut engraving featuring two fishes, Excellent! THE NEW TESTAMENT TITLE PAGE. 1 page, imprinted at London by the deputies of Christopher Barker, Printer to the Queenes Majesty, 1589, cum gratia privilegio, beautiful full page architectural engraving with CB initials at the bottom between a lion and a dragon. A very clean and strong impression, verso is blank and very clean as well, Historic! THE SUMME OF THE WHOLE SCRIPTURE OF THE BOOKES OF THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENT. 2 pages, features a wonderful floriated initial and a woodcut with two fishes, very clean with a line of ancient marginalia, Beautiful! CERTAINE QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS TOUCHING THE DOCTRINE OF PREDESTINATION. 3 pages, features a wonderful floriated initial and cherubic woodcut, clean with some ancient marginalia on blank space of final page, Nice! THE NAMES AND ORDER OF ALL THE BOOKES OF THE OLDE AND NEWE TESTAMENTS. 1 page, the table of contents, clean, Just Wonderful! Foliated 441- 554 , mis-numbered at times, beautiful blackletter text with Roman type font marginal notes, amazing floriated and historiated initials, adequate margins all around with an occasional header margin cropped tight to the running headlines and outer margins cropped tight to the notes, NO loose, missing or torn pages, strong corners and straight edges. Paper is clean and supple, virtually free from damp staining, some minor to moderate soiling found throughout the Gospels improving going forward, all mostly without offense, leaf 441with the lower corner repaired resulting in loss to a few words of the marginal notes and a few letters of text on the verso, leaf 465 with repaired lower corner resulting in loss to a few words in three verses on the recto and verso, final leaf with a wonderful cherubic woodcut engraving, Good!
1 page, imprinted at London by the deputies of Christopher Barker, Printer to the Quenne, not dated, features a beautiful woodcut engraving, very clean, verso is blank and clean as well, Excellent! THE PREFACE TO THE CHRISTIAN READER. 2 pages by Robert F. Herrey, dated 1578, features a lovely ornate headline, large floriated initial and another small woodcut at bottom of page 2, very clean, Historic!THE FIRST ALPHABET OF DIRECTIONS TO COMMON PLACES. Printed in blackletter type in two columns, adequate margins all around, a lovely floriated woodcut initial on the opening page, NO loose, missing or torn pages, strong corners, straight edges, gutters are clean , paper is very clean, supple and bright, virtually free from staining and soiling, final leaf with finis, Very Good! THE SECOND ALPHABET OF DIRECTIONS TO COMMON PLACES. Unnumbered, printed in blackletter type in three columns, adequate margins all around. A lovely floriated woodcut initial on the opening page, NO loose, missing or torn pages, strong corners, straight edges, gutters are clean , paper is very clean, supple and bright, virtually free from soiling, last few leaves with minor damp staining to outer margins, wonderful colophon on final leaf with Barkers printer tiger head device and printed scripture verses from Ecclesiastes 24:39 & 33:16, Very Nice!
THE WHOLE BOOKE OF PSALMES TITLE PAGE. 1 page, printed for the assignes of Richard Day, London 1588., features a large ornate woodcut with cherubs on the corners and a large central fleur-de-lis, verso with to the reader, Clean!THE WHOLE BOOKE OS PSALMES COLLECTED IN ENGLISH MEETRE. Paginated A1-A5 and then 1- 90 ending on psalm 148 so lacks one leaf, followed by two leaves of prayers/tables, adequate margins all around, NO loose or torn pages, good corners, straight edges.
Paper is clean, supple and bright, some light staining and soiling, final leaf of prayers/tables has cropped margins resulting in a loss of a few letters at bottom, has Richard Days colophon dated 1588 in London rarely found still in place. This ancient treasure is bound in its original dark brown leather binding. The covers are wonderfully blind stamped with corner and central medallions. The outer leather joints are solid and holding firmly.
As was common practice with 16th century bindings, there are no paste downs on the indside of the covers, however, fly leaves are present. The spine has 4 raised cords creating five compartments containing new "Holy Bible" and "1589" leather gold stamped labels. There has been some repair work done to the head of the spine at sometime in the distant past. The solid brass clasps are also orginal to the binding and a rarely found still in place. They feature nicely decorated tangs with a beautiful, warm patina.The vellum hinges are intact and holding well. All in all, a wonderfully sturdy example of a late 16th century binding. An amazing Elizabethan edition 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.
This ancient 16th century treasure is NOT a replica, reproduction, facsimilie, reprint or forgery. The fine art of hand bookbinding and conservation is alive and well in 2017. 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!
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