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(the first Geneva Bible was published in 1560 in the town of Geneva, Switzerland)
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A note on the quality of our Antique Bibles:
We take great pride in the quality of the Bibles we offer. We cannot replace missing pages or undo water damage and so on, but we do make sure that the binding of the pages as well as the covers is in good (daily) useable condition. Therefore most Bibles go through a restoration process where the spines are cleaned of old failing adhesive and loose pages or broken signatures are restored/replaced. Old spine leather is reinforced or replaced and spine reinforcement is applied with new headbands and the cover hinge is extra re-enforced. Also the cover leather is cleaned and treated and if applicable the clasps are cleaned and restored. This is not just a patch job! This process brings the strength of the book back to its original quality!

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Price: $4.975.00

(stock number L09)
Size: quarto 9" x 6.5" x 2.5" thick
 VERY GOOD+ - RESTORED CONDITION

THE FIRST GENEVA QUARTO BIBLE EVER PRINTED IN ENGLAND- FIRST EDITION/FIRST ISSUE - PRINTED IN BEAUTIFUL GOTHIC, OLD ENGLISH BLACK LETTER TYPE FONT WITH 3 TITLE PAGES & AMAZING FULL LEATHER BINDING
EXQUISITE GENUINE ALMOST 440 YEAR OLD GENEVA "BREECHES" BIBLE IMPRINTED AT LONDON BY  CHRISTOPHER BARKER PRINTER TO THE QUEENS  MAIEFTIE 1579 - QUARTO EDITION.
Complete Bible text, withconcordances and Psalter. This ancient treasure is newly rebound in luxurious brown full leather . The covers are wonderfully extra blind stamped with several different tools. The spine has 4 raised cords creating five compartments containing a gold lined and stamped label "Holy Bible" and gold stamped date "1579". Beautifully hand marbled end sheets complete the restoration wonderfully.
A RARE OPPORTUNITY TO OWN A TRUE MUSEUM PIECE! ...click for more details...
(stock number K79)
Size: quarto 9" x 7" x 3.5" thick
 VERY GOOD CONDITION

'The Bible - Translated according to the Ebrew and Greeke [...] [Bound With] Two Right Profitable and fruitfull Concordances ... 1586'
EXQUISITE GENUINE 430+ YEAR OLD GENEVA "BREECHES" BIBLE IMPRINTED AT LONDON BY  CHRISTOPHER BARKER PRINTER TO THE QUEENS  MAIEFTIE 1586 - QUARTO EDITION MEASURES 9" x 7" x 3.5" thick overall. This COMPLETE 1586 Bible is comprising both Old Testament and New Testament, as well as he Apocrypha (included in this edition between the Prophets and the New Testament). In addition, the Bible is bound with (as issued, according to ESTC) a COMPLETE copy of "Two Right Profitable and Fruitfull Concordances," compiled by Robert F. Herrey,  with his Preface to the Christian Reader, dated 1578, and comprising two extensive Concordances: The first Alphabet of directions to common places, conteyning all the Hebrewe, Caldean, Greeke, Latin, or other strange names..., and The second Alphabet of directions to common places, contayning all the English words …".  A rare find of a rare Bible!
A true 1586 Geneva Bible! ...click for more details...

Price: $3,950.00

Price: $2,250.00

(Stock number L15)
Size: Quarto. [8.50’’ tall x 7.00’’ wide x 3.25’’ thick]
VERY GOOD and DAILY USABLE condition

‘The Bible, Translated According To The Ebrew And Greeke, And Conferred With The Best Translations In Divers Languages. With Most Profitable Annotations Upon All The Hard Places, And Other Things Of Great Importance, As May Appeare In The Epistle To The Reader. And Also A Most Profitable Concordance For The Reading Finding Out Of Any Thing In The Same Conteyned’ Imprinted At London: By Christopher Barker, Printer To The Queenes Most Excellent Majestie. Dated: 1585. Old & New Testament textually complete. No general title to the Prayer Book or Old Testament. New Testament engraved title page present. One prelim leaf in the NT with lower paper repair. A very good, solid copy of this early Geneva Bible. Text in black letter. Solid and very clean in the main. Light toning in the latter part of the New Testament. Insignificant light marks, blemishes or light reading wear else a very nice copy.  Incomplete Booke Of Psalmes following the concordance.  Bound in full contemporary polished calf binding. Light rubbing or wear else a solid and very sound period binding. Joint solid and sound. A rather attractive contemporary binding. ... click for more details ...
(stock number I94)
  Size: folio 14" x 9.5", 3" thick
VERY GOOD to EXCELLENT and DAILY USABLE condition

A beautifully preserved and rebound/restored, 1595 large folio-size (14" x 9.5"), Geneva (Breeches) Holy Bible in a VERY GOOD to EXCELLENT and DAILY USABLE condition. It is all red-ruled (by hand) throughout huge margins around as the pages appear to be never trimmed! - this is VERY RARE! It contains the Old and New Testaments (with the famous engravings and maps) and the Apocrypha plus two concordances (tables). Printed in London by the renowned Christopher Barker.
The Geneva Bible is often referred to as the 'Breeches' Bible because of its translation in Genesis 3:7 as "and they sowed figge-tree leaves together, and made themselves breeches" (the KJV has "aprons").
Rebound/restored in leather brown covers and 5 band spine gold lettered 'Holy Bible" on a red/gold label. The Bible is printed in 2 columns Roman font letter (easily readable) text with the extensive Geneva Bible notes in Roman font on the sides and as footnotes. Decorated with chapter initials and many colophons as well engravings/maps. The initial 'B' before the address represents Hercules and the Lernea and Hydra.
The Bible text is complete with titles and preliminary pages (lacking the general title and the last page of the table at the end), like the dedication to the reader, various tables, table of content etc (see pictures).
A very special pre-1600 un-cut red-ruled Geneva illustrated folio Bible!  ... more details ...
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(stock number H57)
Size: quarto 9 x 7 x 2"
VERY GOOD condition

[Geneva - Breeches - Bible], "The Bible, that is, the Holy Scriptvres, conteined in the Olde and New Testament. Tranflated according to the Ebrew and Greeke, and conferred with the beft tranflations in diuers languages ; with most profitable annotations vpon all the hard places, and other things of great importance. Imprinted at London : By the Deputies of Chiftopher Barker, Printer to the Kings moft Excellent Maiestie. Anno 1598, Cum Privilegio"
Double columns. Marginal references. ROMAN letter. Geneva version. Complete Bible, ALL (General, second half and N.T. titles) present. With Concordances and Psalter. Plain leather blind-stamped binding (original covers?) and newer raised band spine. The famous and well sought after Geneva set of engravings and maps are included throughout. Various decorative engravings, first chapter capitals and colophons
(Stock number: F66)
Size:  FOLIO, 14.5" x 10" x 2 1/2" thick
VERY GOOD and WELL PRESERVED condition

A VERY WELL preserved 1595 folio Bishops Bible - in antiquarian quality rebound. Only lacks the general title page, everything else: prologue, almanac, calendar, tables, maps, colophon etc etc is all present, including the last pages of Revelation (which are ever so often missing).
Superb binding of the highest quality. Beautiful brown calf leather blind stamped boards and spine with the text 'Holy Bible'. The book opens and reads without any concerns whatsoever.
Text in black/Gothic letter. Separate title page to 'The Newe Testament' with broad woodcut border, register & foliation are continuous. The Almanacke and the Calendar are printed in black and red. This is Herbert #227 with maps/engravings next to the first page of Genesis (the garden), at the beginning of the New Testament and after the book of Acts (the Chart Cosmographic). Various tables etc throughout. Ends with colophon and "Christopher Barker ... 1595."
Overall a VERY ATTRACTIVE folio Bishops Bible in a superb binding. ... click for about 77 pictures ...

Price: $6,750.00

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(stock number K80)
 quarto 9 x 7 x 2"   
VERY GOOD (VG)  condition

Rare and Complete 1599 GENEVA BIBLE - LARGE QUARTO VOLUME . With all 5 ORIGINAL TITLES! Roman font with borders. RARE TO FIND COMPLETE, CLEAN, and nice preserved CONDITION! Bound with a Booke of Psalms (title 1650m including al psalms but lacking some pages at the end) 
  'THE BIBLE THAT IS THE HOLY SCRIPTURES Conteined in the Old and New TESTAMENT Translated according to the Ebrew and Greeke, and conferred with the best Translations in divers Languages. With most profitable Annotations upon all hard places and other things of great importance. IMPRINTED AT LONDON by the Deputies of Christopher Barker. Printer to the Queens most Excellent Maiestie 1599' (+ bound with a title to the second part). And: 'THE NEW TESTAMENT Of our Lord JESUS CHRIST Translated out of the Greeke by Theod. Beza; With briefe Summaries and expositions upon the hard places by the said Authour Ioac , Camer and P. Loseler. Villerius Englished by L. TOMSON Together with the Annotations of Fr. Iunius upon the Revelation of S. IOHN....'
  GENEVA Bible, known as 'The Breeches Bible'. Junius' notes on Revelation were added, in 1599, replacing the original notes.
  General title with woodcut device, OT & NT title within woodcut border comprising multiple compartments, woodcut maps and numerous engravings/illustrations, vignettes, decorations and initials.  
Nice complete copy of the 1599 Geneva Bible.   ...more...
(stock number I67)
Size: quarto 9 x 7 x 2.5"
VERY GOOD and DAILY USABLE conditionion

[Geneva Bible], "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 tranflations in diuers languages ; with moft profitable annotations vpon all the hard places, and other things of great importance. Imprinted at London  by the Deputies of Christopher Barker ... 1599". Double columns. Marginal references. ROMAN letter. Geneva version. Complete Bible Test with Concordances and Psalter, titles (lacks general title but with title to Second Part, N.T. and Psalter titles) present.  Nice binding, an attractive example.
• OT complete Bible text, lacks general title and prelims
• Title Page to Second Part of Bible
• NT: Dated Title 1599 Present.
• NT Complete in all respects (with extensive commentary)
• Two Tables/Concordances
• Book of Psalms (with title page and musical bars throughout, lacks after Psalm 148)
The famous and well sought after Geneva set of engravings and maps are included throughout. Various decorative engravings, first chapter capitals and colophons. Printed in two column Roman font fore text and notes.
A beautiful illustrated Geneva Bible!  ...more...
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(Stock number: I20)
Size:  FOLIO,12.5" x 8.25" x 2.25"
VERY GOOD condition


 The Bible : that is, the holy Scriptures contained in the Old and New Testament.   London: Imprinted by Robert Barker, Printer to the Kinges Most Excellent Maiestie. Cum Privilegio, 1607.
  A truly fascinating find, this is a RARE Geneva FOLIO Holy Bible. This edition of the Geneva Bible, printed by Robert Barker in London, presents itself in a folio format, bound in a later attractive gilt black leather spine, with HOLY BIBLE, BARKER, MDCVII in gilt; the boards in slightly worn cloth and leather corners; hinges and binding intact, strong and nicely preserved. Page edges are also stained an attractive red. The Bible is complete and carries all of its original content, including a stunning engraved main title in front, a full page illustration of Adam and Eve, a handful of in-text beautiful woodcut maps, woodcuts, initials, devices and more. Present are a complete Old Testament, the Apocrypha, and all of the New Testament.Retaining all title pages, a seldom seen complete folio and a sure catch for anyone's collection. click for more details and pictures
(Stock number K37)
Size: quarto 8.5 x 6.5 x 2.5" 
VERY GOOD condition

THIS IS THE LEGENDARY BREECHES BIBLE translated in Genesis 3:7 as "and they sowed figge-tree leaves together, and made themselves breeches."  The accepted meaning is "coverings" (the KJV has "aprons").
A truly fascinating and striking piece, this is a Geneva Holy Bible, bound with the Apocrypha, both Testaments and the Concordances. Bible is in English Black Letter font, in English, two columns with frequent notes and marginal commentary, as shown throughout. Original leather boards with light wear and rounding, the spine neatly and very attractively rebacked with thick, raised bands, as well as a gilt and black title label, as shown. Binding is very strong and firm. The text has some light staining / light foxing in places and some fingermarks, although nothing major. The Bible begins with the last few leaves of an old Booke of Common Prayer, with the Godly Prayers being the first page present after the blanks. There are a bit damaged. The first blank in front has a nice exerpt on the Breeches Bible, as shown, and the following blank has some inscriptions, one being from Langhlen Rattray, and another from Mary Beatts, certainly from the late 1700s. Verso of Concordances has an owners inscription (Peter Dodd), probably late 1600s; there are few marginal repairs, but again, very nice inside. Bible begins preface to the Christian Reader, then with the first page of Genesis, lacking everything before (title and one prelim- Bible text starts at sig a3); Bible also lacks NT title page but remains textually complete, with gorgeous woodcut devices and again the Black Letter print throughout. Bound with 'Two Right and fruitfull Concordances...', nearly complete (lacking the last leaf or two at the end). The title and prelim of the Concordances have been misbound a few leaves in, please note, and they do carry a date of 1608. The Bible text has been compared to the digital image of the 1607 quarto edition on Early English Books Online and it matches as does the collation (with Old Testament ending in leaf numbered 435; New Testament ending with leaf 554).
A nicely preserved Geneva 1608 Bible  ... more details ... 
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(stock number H87)
Size: quarto 9 x 7 x 3" 
VERY GOOD condition

A well preserved, Quarto-size, nicely boundGeneva (Breeches) Holy Bible, containing the Old and New Testaments bound together with the Apocrypha and ("Two right profitable and fruitfull") Concordances.  Printed in 1610 in London by the renowned Robert Barker (the Printer of the King).
Great condition (ready for daily use) binding and brown leather - dry stamped - cover with 4-raised bands (replaced/restored) spine and the gold imprinted text "Holy Bible 1610".
 The Bible starts with the first page of Genesis. The Old Testament text is complete, end with colophon. Next the complete Apocrypha. Next the complete New Testament: NT title page, followed by "summe of the whole Scripture", "certaine queftions and anfweres" and the "names and order of all the bookes" and the complete New Testament text which ends with the colophon on the last page of Revelation. Next, the complete 'two right profitable and fruitfull Concordances' [title page 1608] with the two very extensive alphabets (concordances) ending again with the colophon.
  A very solid Geneva Quarto Bible ready to be used as a daily reader!  ... more details ...

(stock number H91)
  quarto 9 x 7 x 3"  
VERY GOOD (VG) condition

Printed in the same year the King James Bible was first issued - this Geneva Bible was printed in London in 1611 by Robert Barker.
[Geneva - Breeches - Bible], "The Bible, Tranflated according to the Ebrew and Greeke, and conferred with the beft Tranflations in diuers languages. With most profitable annotations vpon all the hard places, and other things of great importance as may appear in the Epiftle to the Reader. And alfo a moft profitable Concordance for the ready findong out of anything in the fame conteined. Imprinted at London by Robert Barker, Printer to the Kings moft Excellent Maiestie 1611"
Double columns. Marginal references. Black letter bible text with Roman font commentary. Geneva version. Complete Bible with Old Testament, New Testament, Concordances and Psalter titles pr
esent. Rebound in suede leather probably in the 19th century. Starts with a Book of Common Prayer (lacking title), first 6 pages strengthened and appears complete. Next, general title page dated 1611, Apocrypha, New Testament title page dated 1611, Concordance title 1611 and Booke of Psalms with musical bars (lacks after Psalm 136, last 4 pages strengthened) title dated 1610. Various decorative engravings, first chapter capitals and colophons.
A VERY nicely preserved Geneva 1611 Bible  ...more...

Price: $1,525.00

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(stock number H95)
quarto 9 x 7 x 3"  
VERY GOOD and DAILY USABLE condition

      A well preserved 1615 Quarto-size Geneva (Breeches) Holy Bible in a VERY GOOD/well preserved condition, containing the Old and New Testaments and the Apocrypha. Printed in London by Robert Barker.  The Bible text is printed in 2 columns per page in Black letter font with the famous extensive Geneva commentary notes (in Roman font).
"The Bible: Tranflated according to the Hebrew and Greeke, and conferred with the beft Tranflations in diuers Languages. With moft profitable Annotations vpon all the hard places, and other things of great importance, as may appeare in the Epiftle to the Reader, And also a moft profitable Concordance for the ready finding out of any thing in the fame conteined. Imprinted at London by Robert Barker, Printer to the Kings moft excellent Maieftie 1615."
The Bible is complete, including the general title, the Apocrypha and the New Testament title (dated 1615) as well as the prelim pages. Various colophons.
The Bible's binding is nicely restored in a more modern day style red-brown leather with in gold letters on the spine 'The Bible - 1615'.
An attractive Geneva 1615 Bible! ...more...
(stock number H74)
quarto 9 x 7 x 2.25"  
VERY GOOD (VG) condition

A nicely preserved, 1615 Quarto-size, beautifully (antiquarian quality) rebound Geneva (Breeches) Holy Bible in a VERY GOOD condition, containing the Old and New Testaments with the gorgeously engraved John Speed's Genealogies of Adam to Christ with the double page maps and Concordances (2 Tables) plus a Psalter. Printed in London by the renowned Robert Barker.
The Geneva Bible is often referred to as the 'Breeches' Bible because of its translation in Genesis 3:7 as "and they sowed figge-tree leaves together, and made themselves breeches" (the KJV has "aprons").
"The Bible: Translated According to the Hebrew and Greek, and Conferred with the Best Translations in Divers (various) Languages. With Most Profitable Annotations Upon All Hard Places and Other Things of Great Importance as May Appear in the Epistle to the Reader. And also a most profitable Concordance, for the ready finding out of any thing in the same contained."
The Bible itself is complete but lacks the General Title. The title 'to the second part' (before Psalms) and the NT titles are present.  After the Map the Bible starts with the first page of Genesis. Printed in Roman font with the complete set of famous Geneva engravings and maps.
Also bound with a complete book of Genealogies (no title, 34 pages) and the double page map of Canaan, 2 Concordances (tables) and at the end a metric musical Psalter (with title of 1615, lacks after Psalm 148). Stunningly bound in morocco leather covers with wooden boards and a 4 band spine with the text 'Geneva Bible - 1615'.

A very nice ILLUSTRATED 1615 Breeches Bible!  ...more...

Price: $1,775.00

Price: $1,325.00

(stock number H92)
quarto 9 x 7 x 3.25"  
VERY GOOD (VG) condition

A nicely preserved, 1615 Quarto-size, attractively (antiquarian quality) rebound Geneva (Breeches) Holy Bible in a VERY GOOD condition, containing the Old and New Testaments with the Apocrypha and Concordances (2 Tables).  Printed in London by the renowned Robert Barker.
The Geneva Bible is often referred to as the 'Breeches' Bible because of its translation in Genesis 3:7 as "and they sowed figge-tree leaves together, and made themselves breeches" (the KJV has "aprons").
"The Bible: Translated According to the Hebrew and Greek, and Conferred with the Best Translations in Divers (various) Languages. With Most Profitable Annotations Upon All Hard Places and Other Things of Great Importance as May Appear in the Epistle to the Reader. And also a most profitable Concordance, for the ready finding out of any thing in the same contained."
The Bible is complete with all titles (General Title and New Testament Title). The preliminary pages are present, like  'to the Christian Reader', 'How to take profit of the Scriptures', 'the Summe of the Whole Scriptures', 'Certain Questions and Answers about the doctrine of Predestination'.
Also bound with the compete Apocrypha and the two extensive tables (concordances) at the back
Recently rebound in half leather covers with wooden boards and a 4 band spine with the text 'Holy Bible - 1615'.

A very nice 1615 Breeches Bible!  ...more...
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(stock number I52)
Size: quarto 9 x 7 x 4"  
VERY GOOD condition

[Geneva - Breeches - Bible], "The Bible, that is, the Holy Scriptvres, conteined in the Old and New Testament. Tranflated according to the Ebrew and Greeke, and conferred with the best Translations in diuers languages ; with most profitable annotations vpon all the hard places, and other things of great importance. Imprinted at London : By Robert Barker, Printer to the Kings moft Excellent Maiestie... 1615"
  1. BOOK of COMMON PRAYER : Complete (apart from Title Page.)  2. GENEALOGIES : Complete (Including Title Page.) Includes beautiful engraved page of Adam & Eve and The Tree of Life. Light loss to bottom corner margin of title page.
 3. DOUBLE PAGE MAP of CANAAN Beautiful map in very good condition with light chipping to margins.  4. HOLY BIBLE (OT & APOCRYPHA & NT) Complete and intact with ALL PRELIMS and both title pages !!! Light chipping to edges of OT Title, prelims & first leave of Genesis.
 5. TWO RIGHT PROFITABLE CONCORDANCES. Complete with Title Page.  6. BOOK of PSALMES Title Page Date 1622 Ends on Psa.136. Two leaves with 50% loss. THE BINDING is a VERY NICE DARK TAN CALF with NEW END PAPERS. Published by Robert Barker, LONDON, 1615.
 A beautiful 1615 Geneva Bible bound with lots of extra's!  Many pictures in
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(stock number H73)
folio-size - 13" x 9" x 3.5"
VERY GOOD (VG) condition

This is one of the LAST editions of the famous Geneva Bibles ever printed!
A folio illustrated Geneva printed in 1640 in the Netherlands by the Pilgrims/protestants fled from prosecution in England before moving to the US. The Bible is in overall very nicely preserved condition and has retained its (likely) original leather covers.  Many illustrations and engravings included, also the engraved title page.
Including the engraved general title to the Bible ("The Bible, That is, the Holy Scriptvres contained in the Old and New Testament ... Amsterdam Printed by Thomas Stafford: and to be fold at his houfe, at the figne of the Flight of Brabant, upon the Milk-market, over againft the Deventer Wood-market <I>I>CXL [1640] According to he copy printed at Edinburgh by Andro Hart in the yeare 1610"). The Bible text is in large Roman letter font and in two columns with the footnotes/commentary in Roman font. Complete Tables/Concordances in the back. It is also printed with the rare 3 page 'Admonition to the Christian Reader' - explaining why the Apocrypha are not part of the Canon and not included in this Bible!
 Various engravings ( illustrations and maps) throughout, including 2 full page illustrations related to the tabernacle and the priests. Beautifully decorated chapter initials (very large initials for the first chapter of every book).  Also with colophons. Many pictures included! Revelation with Fr Junius commentary. There is an almost complete Whole book of Psalms at the rear last numbered page is 114 followed by a prayers page that has no numbers on it might be missing just a page or two.
A very rare and attractive Geneva FOLIO Illustrated Bible!   ...more...
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