1589 Complete Early Quarto Geneva - Breeches - Bible with Apocrypha,
Concordances and Psalter in excellent binding
Size: quarto 9 x 7 x 3.25"
Publisher: Christopher Barker, London
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
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
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.
Contains the Old Testament, New Testament (separate title page),
Apocrypha, and 'Two right Profitable Concordances (Separate title
page, no date). AND also bound with a 1590 (with title page) metric
musical-bar Psalter (contains all Psalms, lacks a few pages of
prayers at the end)
Black letter, double column.
Early GENEVA Bible, known as 'The Breeches Bible'. The Geneva Bible
was hugely influential throughout Elizabethan England.