- 1583 Geneva Bible Book of Esther Leaves
- Beautiful Old English Blackletter type font
- Pulpit Folio size Leaves on Cotton Linen Paper
- 15 1/8″ x 10 1/4″
- Great Gift Idea
- Perfect for Framing
- Certificate of Authenticity Included
- Good to Very Good Antiquarian Condition
1583 Noblest Geneva Bible Folio- Book of Esther Leaves
4 in stock
4 in stock
1583 “Noblest” Geneva Bible Book of Esther Leaf
Printed in London by Christopher Barker, printer to Queen Elizabeth I and lovingly known for its grand size and splendor of typography. This “Noblest” edition is the pinnacle of Geneva Bible printing. 15 1/8″ x 10 1/4″ on cotton linen paper. Good to Very Good Condition. Certificate of Authenticity is included. Herbert #178. The pictured general title page dated 1583 is shown for authenticity only and is not included. We have several leaves available- if you are looking for a favorite verse or passage, please ask – we probably have it. A great gift idea.
HOW TO ORDER:
1.) Select a Leaf from the list below.
If you would like to see a photo of the other side of the leaf you would like to purchase, simply contact us with your request.
2.) Add the quantity of leaves you would like to purchase to your cart.
3.) Checkout as usual.
4.) VERY IMPORTANT ! You must contact us with your selection(s) after checkout. Please provide us with the name, the chapter and verse numbers of leaf ordered. (i.e. Esther 1:1- 2:22 etc.)
5.) We will ship your order the following business day via USPS First Class Mail along with our Certificate of Authenticity for each leaf.
6.) We highly recommend framing leaves for proper display and protection. An off the shelf frame may be used as long as the matting etc. is listed as “acid free”. Float frames that utilize two panes of glass so that both sides of the leaf may be viewed are excellent choices. Leaves measure 15 1/8″ tall by 10 1/4″ wide.
About the Geneva bible
The Geneva bible is one of the most historically significant translations of the bible into English, preceding the King James version by 51 years. It was the primary bible of 16th-century English Protestantism and was the bible used by William Shakespeare, Oliver Cromwell, John Knox, John Donne, and John Bunyan, author of pilgrim’s progress (1678). It was one of the bibles taken to America on the mayflower (pilgrim hall museum and Dr. Jiang have collected several bibles of mayflower passengers). The Geneva bible 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 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 that 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 that acted to summarize all of the material that each book would cover, maps, tables, woodcut illustrations and indices.
Because the language of the Geneva bible was more forceful and vigorous, most readers strongly preferred this version to the Great bible. In the words of Cleland Boyd Mcafee, “It drove the great bible off the field by sheer power of excellence”.
The Geneva bible followed the great bible of 1539, the first authorized bible in English, which was the authorized bible of the church of England.
During the reign of Queen Mary I of England (1553–58), 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 1644. The very first bible printed in Scotland was a Geneva bible, which was first issued in 1579. In fact, the involvement of Knox and Calvin in the creation of the Geneva bible made it especially appealing in Scotland, where a law was passed in 1579 requiring every household of sufficient means to buy a copy.
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 Rheims-Douai 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.
A rare opportunity to own a true museum piece!
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