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(the first Geneva Bible was published in 1560 in the town of Geneva, Switzerland)
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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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(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

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(Stock number K32)
Size: quarto 9 x 7   x 3.25"
VERY GOOD and DAILY USABLE condition

A nicely preserved, THICK 1589 Quarto-size, COMPLETE Geneva (Breeches) Holy Bible in a VERY GOOD and DAILY USABLE condition, containing the Old and New Testaments and the Apocrypha plus two extensive 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"). High quality restored (blind stamped/decorated) brown leather covers and spine (gold lettered red label 'Holy Bible 1589". The Bible is printed in 2 columns black letter (Gothic) text with the extensive Geneva Bible notes in Roman font on the sides and as footnotes. Decorated with chapter initials and many colophons.
The Bible is complete with ALL titles and preliminary pages, like 'How to take profit of the Scriptures', 'Of the incomparable treasure', 'the Sum of the Whole Scriptures' and 'Certain Questions and Answers about the doctrine of Predestination' and 'The names and order of all the bookes' (see pictures). Excellent binding! Typical age related smaller faults. Contents are overall very clean with some typical occasionally somewhat grubby, worn and thumbed pages, with some scattered foxing/browning throughout. Nice margins all around.
(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 ...

Price: $4,500.00

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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: G68)
Size:  FOLIO, 12" x 8 1/2" x 3 1/4"
VERY GOOD condition

    A truly superb folio full leather 1607 Geneva Bible complete with all title pages and maps. THE HOLY BIBLE - GENEVA VERSION - Old Testament & APOCRYPHA & New Testament & 2 TABLES - COMPLETE !!! LATER FULL CALF has been REBACKED with remaining spine leather RELAID. ALL edges repaired. FULL DECORATIVE MAIN TITLE PAGE & FULL PAGE DECORATIVE ENGRAVING of ADAM and EVE & FOUR AMAZING MAPS in TEXT & OVER THIRTY OTHER ENGRAVINGS. Published by Robert Barker, 1607.
 
 Pages are good and crisp with only light age toning. Main Title Page & Adam and Eve Engraving have light chipping to long edges. One leaf has light central surface wear affecting a couple of words. A couple of text leaves have small marginal losses. 1 or 2 leaves lacking in Ezekiel (chapter 21-23). A Superb Bible in Well Preserved Condition !!!
  Size : 12" x 8 1/2" x 3 1/4" (Folio) - click for more details and pictures
(Stock number G50)
ze: quarto 9 x 7 x 2.5"  
VERY GOOD condition

      [Geneva - Breeches - Bible], "The Bible, That is the Holy Scriptvres coneined in the Old 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 Robert Barker, Printer to the Kings moft Excellent Maiestie 1608". Double columns. Marginal references. Easy readable Roman font letter bible text with extensive Roman font commentary. Geneva version. Including all titles (Old and New Testament, and Psalter). Beautiful leather covers, restored 5-raised band spine with gold 'The Bible 1608". 
• Old Testament, with title (1608), prelims. With maps and engravings. Lacking 2 pages in Exodus and 1 page in Leviticus but these pages are supplied in facsimile.
• Apocrypha (complete)
• NT: Dated Title 1608 Present with prelims. Text complete (with extensive commentary) except last page of Revelation (which is supplied in facs)
• Two tables ending with colophon
• 1608 Booke of Psalmes with title (1608) and the Psalms and Hymns to musical bars (lacking after Psalm 115)
 Various decorative engravings, first chapter capitals and colophons and including the famous Geneva engravings and maps.
A nicely preserved illustrated Geneva 1608 Bible  ... more details ... 
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(stock number K62)
Size:  folio-size - 12.5" x9" x 3"
VERY GOOD condition

This is a well preserved and very rare and folio-sized Geneva Holy Bible, printed by the renowned Robert Barker, in London in 1611. Excellent binding with period style brown leather covers and spine, red labeled in gold letters: "Holy Bible".
  This Geneva Bible or also called Breeches Bible is COMPLETE with all title pages, the famous extensive commentaries by the early reformers, and a complete series of the sought-after Geneva engravings with additionally the complete Prayer Book and metric Psalter
This Bible contains FIVE sections bound together: the Common Book of Prayer (lacks title, start with calendar), the complete Bible (Old and New Testament, with all titles and prelims etc, the Apocrypha, the Concordances (the two tables) and the Whole Book of Psalms (Psalter, with musical bars, complete including even the index page - very rare!). Including a total of THREE title pages:  the general title to the Bible ("The Bible, That is, the Holy Scriptures contained in the Old and New Teftament") and the title pages to the New Testament (translated out of the Greeke by Theod. Beza. ... 1611") and the Psalter ("the Whole Booke of Psalmes ... 1609"). ALL sections are complete in every aspect, including titles, prelims, illustrations and colophons.  Next to the first page of Genesis is a full page engraving of the Garden of Eden with the Tree of Life". Various smaller engravings (the complete famous Geneva set of illustrations and maps) throughout. Beautifully decorated chapter initials (very large initials for the first chapter of every book).  Many pictures included   ... 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 K67)
folio-size - 12.5" x 8.5" x 3.5"
VERY GOOD+ and DAILY USABLE condition

This is a well preserved, rare and folio-sized Geneva Holy Bible, printed by the renowned Robert Barker, in London in 1616. Excellent preservation and high quality rebacked with new blind-stamped leather of the original covers and contemporary spine, red labeled in gold letters: "Geneva Bible" and "1616".  This Geneva Bible or also called Breeches Bible is COMPLETE with all title pages, the famous extensive commentaries by the early reformers, and a complete series of the sought-after Geneva engravings and also the full-page Genesis Garden of Eden map.
This Bible contains FIVE sections bound together: the complete Speed's Genealogies (with title and all 34 pages of engravings), the complete Bible (Old and New Testament, with all titles and prelims etc), the Apocrypha, the Concordances (the two tables) and the Whole Book of Psalms (Psalter, with musical bars, with all Psalms and Hymns, lacks few prayer pages at the end). Including a total of FOUR title pages: the title to "The Genealogies recorded in the Sacred Scriptures ... by J.S"), the general title to the Bible ("The Bible, That is, the Holy Scriptures contained in the Old and New Teftament ... 1616") and the title pages to the New Testament (translated out of the Greeke by Theod. Beza.") and the Psalter ("the Whole Booke of Psalmes ... 1632").
All sections (except see above) are complete in every aspect, including titles, prelims, illustrations and colophons. Next to the first page of Genesis is a full page engraving of the Garden of Eden with the Tree of Life". Various smaller engravings (the complete famous Geneva set of illustrations and maps) throughout. Beautifully decorated chapter initials (very large initials for the first chapter of every book).  Many pictures included.  ...more...
(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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