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We offer this 1599 Geneva Bible with a 1599 London imprint, but likely printed later in either Amsterdam or Dort. See Herbert #248. The Geneva Bible, "a 1560 translation of the Bible into English popularly known as the 'Breeches Bible' from its rendering of Genesis 3:7. ('They made themselves breeches'--AV 'aprons'). It was translated at Geneva by a committee of Protestant exiles which probably included William Whittingham and John Knox. Its Calvinistic annotations greatly irritated James I of England, but delighted and instructed his increasingly Puritan subjects. Used widely for two generations, it became the official version of the Scottish Kirk and the household Bible of English-speaking Protestants everywhere. Gradually replaced by the Authorized Version of 1611, the last Geneva Bible was published in 1644."--Robert D. Linder in J.D. Douglas, ed.: The New International Dictionary of the Christian Church, p.405. "The section containing the Apocrypha, though included in the list of books, was apparently omitted from all except a few copies. These Bibles were printed probably for English use in the Low Countries.... There are many editions bearing this date, which while agreeing closely are yet distinct. No doubt a certain number of copies were originally issued in a mixed state. The nominal date, 1599, is probably untrue in almost every case; they were apparently published at different time in Amsterdam and Dort and adopted by Barker."--A.S. Herbert: Historical Catalogue of Printed Editions of the English Bible 1525-1961, p.115 "The woodcut border to the first general title is a frame having twenty-four small compartments, showing on the left--the tents of the twelve tribes; on the right--figures of the twelve Apostles; the inner part exhibits the four Evangelists, with the symbols of the Dove and the Agnus Dei, and a lamp, and two open books inscribed Verbum Dej Manet in Ã†ternum; the letterpress of the title is enclosed within a heart-shaped frame in the centre; at the base of the cut is a line of music. The same border is used for the NT title. The second general title-page bears a cut of the crossing of the Red Sea. And the title to pt. 2 has a headpiece."--Herbert #248, p. 115. There are also 31 woodcuts printed in the text with 8 being larger--some of them approaching half page size. This includes the map facing the Matthew. 23 others them are small to medium size usually with multiple woodcuts on the same page. There are also two charts printed in the text, re who among Moses' relatives he could marry or not marry. There are small woodcut initial letters at the beginning of each book. Bound full vellum, soiled some, corners bumped, gilt pages but about half of the gilt is worn away likely by insects--with shallow damage into page edges, medium & sometimes heavy foxing throughout, small worm hole in title expanding into 3 holes by leaf 6, then worm tracks and holes from leaf 7 to 16, leaf 17 with 2 small holes and leaf 18 one small hole. Worm tracks delete some letters and syllables. Collation: woodcut title leaf, printed title leaf, Â¶3-4, A-Z8, &6; Aa-Qq8; Aaa-Qqq8, Rrr4; A-F8, G8. Revelation ends on recto of Qqq1. Pagination: (1) woodcut title, (1) blank, (1) printed title, (1) blank, (1) To the Christian Reader..., (1) Incomparable treasure..., (1) How to take profit..., (1) Names and order of books...; then numbered leaves: 1-190a Genesis-Job, 190b is blank; leaves 1-127 Psalmes-Malachi with leaf 1a being contents of Second Part and 1b is blank, 127b is blank followed by a blank leaf; leaves 1-121 New Testament (1a woodcut title leaf is blank on verso, 2nd leaf with "Printer to the diligent Reader" on recto, and "Mappe" re Gospels on verso, verso of leaf 121 is blank). Then pages: (22)pp Tables, with Colophon on verso of last leaf. Sternhold & Hopkins Psalmes: (1) title, (1) blank, (8)pp prayers with Psalms starting on verso of p(8) the numbered pages starting with next leaf 1-91 but with p. 91 mis-numbered 93, followed by (4)pp misc. prayers, followed by (8)pp of more prayers including on the last 2 pp a table for the Psalms. Similar to Herbert #252 in that the text of Esther i.1 is: and|seuen and twenty prouinces.). However it is similar to Herbert #255 Another Copy in that it has a colophon the last page of tables, beneath an ornament, but not an ornament used on our copy's printed title. The ornament above the colophon in our copy has a gargoyle like cherub head in the center with two cherubs with wings on either side of it. It is the same ornament used as the headpiece to the title to pt. 2. Reference is to A.S. Herbert: Historical Catalogue of Printed Editions of the English Bible 1525-1961.
Title: The Bible, That is, The holy Scriptures conteined in the Olde and Newe Testament, Translated According to the Ebrew and Greeke, and conferred with the best translations in diuers languages. With most profitable Annotations vpon all hard places, and other things of great importance. Feare ye not stand still, and beholde the saluation of the Lord, which he will shew to you this day. Exod. 14.13. [Woodcut printer's device with chariots, horses & soldiers with spears depicting the passage of the Red Sea. On the left, top & right side of the woodcut is the verse:] Great are the troubles of the righteous: But the Lord deliuereth him out of them all. Psalme 34.19. [At the bottom of the woodcut is the verse:] The Lord Shall Fight for You, therefore hold you your peace. Exod. 14.14.
Publisher: Â¶Imprinted at London, by the Deputies of Christopher Barker, Printer to the Queenes most Excellent Majestie.: 1599. Cum priuilegio. 1599
Size: 16th Century Books,,17th Century Books,,Bindings-
Weight: 2.00 Item
Item Number: 18002
Keywords: 16th Century Books, 17th Century Books, Bindings-Vellum, Calvinism, Illustrated Books, Reformed Theology & History,