"BREECHES" BIBLE IMPRINTED AT LONDON BY ROBERT BARKER PRINTER TO THE KING'S MOFT EXCELLENT MAIEFTIE 1613 / 1614. D & M # 257. 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.
1 page, Imprinted at London by Robert Barker, 1614, An ornate engraving featuring the 12 tribes of Israel, the 12 apostles and the four evangelists around a beautiful heart shaped lozenge; verso with Of the incomparable treasure of the holy Scriptures, Wonderful! 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! Foliated 1- 358, mis-numbered at times, beautiful blackletter text with Roman type font marginal notes, amazing floriated and historiated initials, adequate margins and footers, occasional header margin shaved tight at times but remain adequate, leaf 199 with a repaired corner resulting in a loss to a few words of printed notes only, NO loose, missing or torn pages, scattered soiling and staining throughout consistent with age and use without offense, Very Good! Foliated 359-434, mis-numbered at times, beautiful blackletter text with Roman type font marginal notes, amazing floriated and historiated initials. Adequate margins and footers, occasional header margin shaved tight at times but remain adequate, leaves 359 & 360 with small repaired holes resulting in a loss of a few words, NO loose, missing or torn pages, scattered soiling and staining throughout consistent with age and use without offense, Nice! THE NEW TESTAMENT TITLE PAGE.
1 page, Imprinted at London by Robert Barker, 1613, An ornate engraving featuring the 12 tribes of Israel, the 12 apostles and the four evangelists around a beautiful heart shaped lozenge; supplied in facsimile on sympathetic cotton linen paper, Well Executed! THE SUMME OF THE WHOLE SCRIPTURE OF THE BOOKES OF THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENT. 2 pages, features a wonderful floriated initial and a beautiful woodcut engraving, Beautiful!
CERTAINE QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS TOUCHING THE DOCTRINE OF PREDESTINATION. 3 pages, features a wonderful floriated initial and cherubic woodcut, 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, nice header and footer margins all around, outer margins cropped tight at times with loss to a few letters of the notes , NO loose, missing or torn pages, generally free from damp staining, some light soiling consistent with age and use without offense, Very Good! 1 page, imprinted at London by Robert Barker, 1613, features 2 beautiful woodcut engravings, stained at gutter, ancient marginalia on verso, Good! 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, clean, Historic! THE FIRST ALPHABET OF DIRECTIONS TO COMMON PLACES. Unfoliated, printed in blackletter type in two columns, nice header and footer margins, outer margins trimmed tight with a loss of a few letters of the printed notes, light staining at the inner margins, a lovely floriated woodcut initial on the opening page, NO loose, missing or torn pages. Final leaf with finis, Good! THE SECOND ALPHABET OF DIRECTIONS TO COMMON PLACES.
Unfoliated, printed in blackletter type in three columns. Nice header and footer margins, outer margins trimmed tight with a loss of a few letters of the printed notes, light staining at the inner margins, a lovely floriated woodcut initial on the opening page, NO loose, missing or torn pages, final page with finis and the colophon dated 1613, Nice!
This ancient treasure is beautifully bound in late 19th or early 20th century luxurious brown full leather. The covers are wonderfully blind stamped floral devices.
The spine has 4 raised cords creating five compartments containing gold stamped "Holy Bible" and date "1614" with extra blind stamped decorations. Beautifully hand marbled end sheets complete the binding wonderfully. An charming example 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. YOUR SOURCE FOR FINELY RESTORED AND ORIGINAL ENGLISH BIBLES FROM THE 14TH THROUGH THE 19TH CENTURIES SINCE 2002.
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