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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. 1 page, The Bible: That is, The Holy Scriptures, contained in the Olde and Newe Testament. Translated according to the Ebrew and Greeke and conferred with the best translations in divers languages.
With most profitable Annotations upon all the hard places, and other things of great importance. Imprinted at London by the Deputies of Christopher Barker, Printer to the Queenes most excellent Majesty. A wonderfully floriated full page engraving featuring the Royal coat of arms, Mounted with the inner margin cropped resulting in slight loss to the image, Verso is blank and clean, Historic! 2 pages, features a large historiated initial and a pepper, supplied in fine sympathetic facsimile, Very Well Executed!Grashop, features a historiated and a floriated initial, remargined all around with some loss to the fleuron borders, How to take Profit on the verso, Nice! THE NAMES AND ORDER OF ALL THE BOOKES OF THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENT. 1 page, the table of contents, remargined all around without loss of the text, Very Good, COMPLETE. 1 page, Full page engraving featuring God the Father in a cloud, the tree of life, Adam and Eve, the serpent, birds of the air, beasts of the field, fish of the sea and even a unicorn! Remargined all around with a very slight loss to the image at the upper inner corner, Just Beautiful!
THE OLD TESTAMENT, THE FIRST PART. Foliated 1-240, misnumbered at times, Genesis through Job, 60 lines of text to the full page, both the text and marginal notes are printed in beautiful black letter type font, features historiated and floriated initials throughout, includes several engravings and maps as usually found, NO loose, torn or missing pages, excellent wide margins all around, virtually free from soiling and staining, clean gutters, strong corners, straight edges, paper is very clean, bright and supple, Very Good! THE TITLE TO THE SECOND PART OF THE OLD TESTAMENT.Folio 241, THIS SECOND PART OF THE BIBLE, CONTEINING THESE BOOKS. A beautiful full page engraving featuring two lovely female figures, two lions, a bull and floral & architectural elements. Very clean and crisp, verso blank and clean, Just Amazing! THE OLD TESTAMENT, THE SECOND PART. Foliated 242- 396, misnumbered at times, Psalmes through Malachi, 60 lines of text to the full page, both the text and marginal notes are printed in beautiful black letter type font, features historiated and floriated initials throughout, includes several engravings and maps as usually found, NO loose, torn or missing pages, excellent wide margins all around, virtually free from soiling and staining, clean gutters, strong corners, straight edges, paper is very clean, bright and supple, final page with an ornate Cherubic woodcut , Very Good! Foliated 397- 486, 60 lines of text to the full page, both the text and marginal notes are printed in beautiful black letter type font, opening page with a wonderful fleuron headpiece, features historiated and floriated initials throughout, NO loose, torn or missing pages, excellent wide margins all around, virtually free from soiling and staining, clean gutters, strong corners, straight edges, paper is very clean, bright and supple, final page with an ornate Cherubic woodcut , Very Good! Folio 487, THE NEWE TESTAMENT OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST. IMPRINTED AT LONDON BY THE DEPUTIES OF CHRISTOPHER BARKER, PRINTER TO THE QUEENES MOST EXCELLENT MAJESTY ANNON. 1595, A beautiful full page architectural engraving featuring the royal coat of arms, very clean and crisp- a strong impression, verso blank and clean, Perfect! THE PRINTER TO THE DILIGENT READER. Recto of folio 488, includes a large historiated initial, very clean and crisp!
THE DESCRIPTION OF THE HOLY LAND. Verso of folio 488, large engraved map of the Holy Land with city coordinates at bottom, very nice and clean impression, Historic! Foliated 489 to 626, 60 lines of text to the full page, both the text and marginal notes are printed in beautiful black letter type font, title page of Matthew with a wonderful fleuron headpiece, features historiated and floriated initials throughout, NO loose, torn or missing pages, excellent wide margins all around, virtually free from soiling and staining, clean gutters, strong corners, straight edges, paper is very clean, bright and supple, final page with THE ENDE , Very Good! A BRIEFE TABLE OF THE INTERPRETATION OF THE PROPER NAMES...... 5 pages, the first table, printed in double columns, blank margin of last page cropped short not affecting the text, Very clean, COMPLETE.
A TABLE OF THE PRINCIPAL THINGS THAT ARE CONTEINED IN THE BIBLE.... 8 pages, the second table, printed in three columns, includes the colophon dated 1597, all pages cropped short not affecting the text, A Real Rarity! 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.
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