1579 - 1576 VERY Scarce FIRST Bible EVER printed in Scotland - Geneva folio with engravings and provenance - Antique Family Bibles and Early English Bibles

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    1579 - 1576 VERY Scarce FIRST Bible EVER printed in Scotland - Geneva folio with Apocrypha, engravings and provenance
12 1/4" x 8 1/2" x 2 1/4" thick
Publisher: Alexander Arbuthnot, Edinburgh, Scottland
GOOD condition

Price: $2,450.00

Geneva folio Bible - Title: The Bible And Holy Scriptures Conteined In The Olde And Newe Testament. Translated According To The Ebrue & Greke, & Conferred With The Beste Translations In Divers Languages..... Published: Old Testament 1579. New Testament 1576. Place published: Edinburgh, Scotland. Published by: Alexander Arbuthnot.
Scarce first Bible Printed in Scotland. Includes an original signed letter from renowned bible expert Edwin Rumball-Petre, to a Mr. George Milne; apparently Rumball-Petre gave this bible to him as a Christmas present! A small amount of family history on the reverse of the New Testament title page. A well used Highland Holy Bible Fragment with numerous missing pages. Retains 1 (of 3) full page maps, (Old Testament, Joshua, page 109). Also retains (13 of 20+) in text woodcut illustrations. Also retains numerous in text woodcut initials.
The following portions of the bible are MISSING: Old Testament:: Genesis and Exodus. Page 78 (Numbers) containing end of chapter 26, start chapter 27. Page 195 (1 Chronicles) containing end of chapter 16, chapters 17 and 18. Page 234 (Job) containing chapters 1, 2 and start of chapter 3.  New Testament: Lacks all after the Book of Acts. Also pages 39 and 40 (Luke) containing end of chapter 17, chapters 18, 19 and 20. Page 44 (John) containing end of chapter 1, chapters 2 and 3. Pages 47, 48 and 49 (John) containing end of chapter 6, chapters 7, 8, 9 and start of chapter 10. The Apocrypha are present and all complete.

CONDITION:  Overall: Good. Includes (circa 1938) cloth covered storage slipcase. Retains contemporary leather boards and spine. Numerous old repairs. Hinges repaired with cloth (again an old repair, probably dating back to the 1930's).  Pages: Significant soiling, damp staining and occasional tearing (with minimal loss of text). Numerous missing pages as listed above, original rag paper remains sound and flexible, (please see pictures). Binding: Good. Still sound with some old repairs.  Hinges: Very good / replaced. Original leather split. Repaired with cloth. Hardcover: Fair with significant wear and soiling, leather remains surprisingly flexible, (NOT dried out), Spine: Fair with significant wear and soiling, leather remains surprisingly flexible, (NOT dried out). See many pictures below!
A VERY RARE and historically very significant First Bible ever printed in Scotland!
 
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