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(the first Geneva Bible was published in 1560 in the town of Geneva, Switzerland)
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All Bibles are listed in order of publishing date. For each Bible there is a seperate detailed webpage with many, many more pictures that you can reach by clicking on the title of the Bible or at the 'more details' link at the end of the description.
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: $1,950.00

(stock number L11)
Size: quarto 9" x 7" x 3.5" thick
 VERY GOOD CONDITION

A nicely preserved, 1584 (VERY EARLY!) Quarto-size, well bound Geneva (Breeches) Holy Bible, containing the Old and New Testaments and the Apocrypha plus two concordances, and bound with a Psalter and Prayer Book. 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").
Very attractive restored with calf leather brown covers and spine with gold stamped decorations and red label/gold lettered 'Breeches Bible - 1584". 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 text itself is almost complete (it lacks the General title and a page in Matthew) 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'. Bound with the complete 'Two right profitable and fruitful Concordance' (with title by Christopher Barker and colophon) and 'The Whole Booke of Psalmes' (lacks title, starts with Veni Creator and lacks after Psalm 106). In the front is also a Book of Common Prayer (lacks before the morning prayers).
A very early and nice 1584 Breeches Bible! ...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...
Bible is SOLD

Price: $3,450.00

(Stock number L34)
Size: Quarto. [9.00’’ tall x 7.00’’ wide x 2.75’’ thick]
Very good, daily usable and restored condition

‘The Bible, Tranflated According To The Ebrew And Greeke, And Conferred With The Beft Translations In Diuers Languages. With Most Profitable Annotations Vpon 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 Conteined ...  Imprinted At London: By the Deputies Christopher Barker, Printer To The Queenes Most Excellent Majestie. Dated: 1594 Cum Gratia & priuilegio Regiae Maieftatis.'
     Gorgeously rebound and restored 16th century Geneva. All complete (see below) with the full set of the famous Geneva illustrations and printed in easy readable Roman font. Amazing leather binding with gilted gold tooled lettering and ornate embossing. Bound with the Apocrypha, Concordances (Tables0 and Psalter with musical bars (all psalms and hymns are present, lacks title and a few of the prayer pages at the end )
A remarkably preserved early Geneva Bible! ... click for more details ...
(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

Price: $2,750.00

(Stock number: L36)
Size:  Size: quarto 9 x 7 x 2.25" 
overall VERY GOOD to EXCELLENT condition

Rare and COMPLETE 1599 GENEVA BIBLE - LARGE QUARTO VOLUME . With all 4 ORIGINAL TITLES! Roman font with borders. RARE TO FIND COMPLETE, CLEAN, and nice preserved CONDITION! Bound with a Booke of Psalms (ALSO with title, complete including all psalms and prayers) .  '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 another title to the second part)
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.  ADDITIONALLY bound with Speed's Genealogies (with 1638 title pages, graphically showing Christ's descend from Adam) WITH THE RARE DOUBLE PAGE MAP of CANAAN
 BEAUTIFUL COMPETE 1599 illustrated Geneva Bible.  ... click for more information and pictures ...

Price: $1,195.00

(Stock number: L31)
Size:  Size: quarto 9 x 7 x 2.5" 
overall VERY GOOD and DAILY USABLE condition

[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. Bible Text (see below)with Concordances and Psalter, titles (lacks general title but with title to Second Part, New Testament. and Psalter titles) present.  Nice binding, an attractive example.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.
(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

(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

Bible is SOLD
(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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