1611 GENEVA BIBLE NEW TESTAMENT

1611 GENEVA BIBLE NEW TESTAMENT

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  • New Testament with Concordances & Metrical Psalms
  • Map of the Holy Land
  • Fine Extra Gilt Binding
  • Marbled End Sheets
  • Small Folio
  • Textually Complete
  • Good Condition

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Description

PRESENTING FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

EXQUISITE 410 YEAR OLD GENEVA “BREECHES” BIBLE NEW TESTAMENT WITH THE CONCORDANCES & THE WHOLE BOOK OF PSALM COLLECTED INTO ENGLISH

METER. IMPRINTED AT  LONDON BY ROBERT BARKER, PRINTER TO THE KINGS MOFT EXCELLENT MAIEFTIE, ANNO DOM. 1611.

EXTRACTED FROM HERBERT #312 FOLIO EDITION. MEASURES 12″ X 8″ OVERALL. WONDERFUL FINE EXTRA GILT FULL LEATHER BINDING WITH BEAUTIFUL MARBLED END PAPERS. FEATURES EXTENSIVE GENEALOGY OF JAMES BUTTERWORTH DATING FROM 1760.

COLLATION AND CONDITION

NEW TESTAMENT TITLE PAGE, 1 page, THE NEW TESTAMENT OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST…..IMPRINTED AT LONDON BY ROBERT BARKER, PRINTER TO THE KINGS MOST EXCELLENT MAJESTY. 1611. Features a beautiful fleuron headpiece and an ornate cherubic woodcut engraving. Verso with a detailed family register  in an ancient hand with a quill causing bleed through to the recto. Historic! COMPLETE. 

THE PRINTER TO THE DILIGENT READER, 1 page, the forward, features a large floriated initial, Nice!, COMPLETE. 

THE DESCRIPTION OF THE HOLY LAND, CONTAINING THE PLACES MENTIONED IN THE FOUR EVANGELISTS…, 1 page, A wonderfully detailed map including a legend to Biblical principle cities, Very Good ! , COMPLETE. 

THE NEW TESTAMENT, foliated 3- 135, misnumbered at times without a break in the collation. 63 lines of Roman type to the full page. Features beautiful floriated chapter initials throughout, title page to Mathew with a beautiful fleuron headpiece engraving and an index of the order of time whereunto the contents of this booke are to be referred precedes the book of Revelation. Excellent wide margins throughout, No loose, torn, ripped or missing pages, paper is supple and warmly toned, scattered soiling commensurate with age and use, free from damp staining, straight edges, good corners, clean gutters, Very Good !, COMPLETE. 

A BRIEFE TABLE OF THE INTERPRETATION OF THE PROPER NAMES…, unpaginated, 5 pages, the first table, printed in double columns. Excellent wide margins throughout, No loose, torn, ripped or missing pages, paper is supple and warmly toned, minimal soiling, free from damp staining, straight edges, good corners, clean gutters, Very Good !, COMPLETE.  

A TABLE OF THE PRINCIPAL THINGS THAT ARE CONTAINED IN THE BIBLE,…  unpaginated, 10 pages, the second table, printed in triple columns, colophon dated 1612, Excellent wide margins throughout, No loose, torn, ripped or missing pages, paper is supple and warmly toned, minimal soiling, free from damp staining, straight edges, good corners, clean gutters, Very Good !, COMPLETE.  

THE WHOLE BOOKE OF PSALMS COLLECTED INTO ENGLISH MEETER TITLE PAGE.  1 page, by Thomas Sternhold & John Hopkins. Printed at London for the Company of Stationers.1618. Features a scripture verse from Colossians 3 and James 5. Also features a wonderful woodcut engraving. Verso is blank and clean, Very Nice ! , COMPLETE. 

THE WHOLE BOOKE OF PSALMS COLLECTED INTO ENGLISH MEETER ,   

Paginated 1 -112, complete to Psalm 150 at page 100 and then followed by 6 pages of prayers from page 101-112. Lacking just the final leaf of prayers (113/114). Last seven leaves with repaired and reinforced blank margins. Wide margins throughout, paper is supple and warmly toned, scattered soiling commensurate with age and use, minimal damp staining, straight edges, good corners, clean gutters, Very Good !,

*A WORD FROM THE CONSERVATOR*

This Bible has undergone a 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 ! This ancient 17th century treasure is NOT a replica, reproduction, facsimile, reprint or forgery. The fine art of hand bookbinding is alive and well.

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.

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.

Additional information

Weight 96 oz
Dimensions 16 × 12 × 3 in

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