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
HERBERT # 159, D & M # 120, STC
COLLATION AND CONDITION:
GENERAL TITLE PAGE, 1 page, supplied in fine facsimile on
sympathetic cotton linen paper: The Bible. Translated according to
the Ebrew and Greeke,and conferred with the best translations in
diuers 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. Joshua. 1.8. Let not …successe. Imprinted at
London by Christopher Barker, Printer to the Queenes most excellent
Maiestie. 1579. Cum gratia & priuilegio Regiae Maiestatis. , The
border resembles that in the folio edition of 1578; with two
symbolic female figures, the royal arms, the lion and dragon, and
the initials C B ; the tablet is blank.
16th century Bibles are all too often found lacking their general
title pages after being looted for their fine art work. In support,
the example that was studied to create Herbert entry #159 was also
lacking. Well executed !, COMPLETE.
THE OLD TESTAMENT, foliated 1-378, printed in beautiful Gothic Black
letter type font with marginal notes printed in Roman type font,
features wonderful floriated initials at the beginning of each book,
No loose, missing, ripped or torn pages, the cotton linen paper is
very bright, crisp and clean with strong corners, straight edges and
clean gutters, wide margins all around extending well beyond the
text, virtually free from damp staining, occasional and only very
minor soiling that is much less than usual found, first leaf of
Genesis with repaired blank footer margin without loss of scripture
text but with loss of a few words of the notes, Very Good +,
NEW TESTAMENT TITLE PAGE, 1 page, The New Testament of our Lord
Jesus Christ, Conferred diligently with the Greeke, a best approved
translations in divers languages. Imprinted at London by Christopher
Barker, printer to the Queenes Majesty, 1579. Cum gratia privilege.
The border resembles that in the folio edition of 1578; with two
symbolical female figures, the royal arms, the lion and dragon, and
the initials “CB” ; the tablet is blank. A very detailed full page
engraving and a strong impression, verso is blank and clean, Just
Beautiful !, COMPLETE.
THE SUMME OF THE WHOLE SCRIPTURE OF THE BOOKES OF THE OLDE AND NEWE
TESTAMENT, 2 pages, printed in Roman type font, features a beautiful
floriated initial and an amazing dragon head tailpiece engraving
dated 1576, very crisp and clean, Very Good +, COMPLETE.
CERTAINE QUESTIONS & ANSWERS TOUCHING THE DOCTRINE OF
PREDESTINATION, THE USE OF GOD’S WORDE AND SACRAMENTS., 3 pages,
printed in blackletter type font, also features a beautiful
floriated initial and an amazing cherubic cornucopia tailpiece
engraving, very crisp and clean, Very Good +, COMPLETE.
THE NAMES AND ORDER OF ALL THE BOOKES OF THE OLDE AND NEW
TESTAMENT,…, 1 page, the table of contents, calls for the apocrypha
not present in this example, crisp and clean, Very Nice !, COMPLETE.
THE NEW TESTAMENT, foliated 1-121 , printed in beautiful Gothic
Blackletter type font with marginal notes printed in Roman type
font, features wonderful floriated initials at the beginning of each
book, No loose, missing, ripped or torn pages, the cotton linen
paper is very bright, crisp and clean with good corners, straight
edges and clean gutters, wide margins all around extending well
beyond the text, no damp staining, minor soiling that is much less
than usual found, lower inner margin of leaf 31 repaired with loss
to some notes, Colophon: Imprinted at London by Christopher Barker ,
Printer to the Queenes most excellent majesty, dwelling in
Paternoster Rowe, at the sign of the Tygres head. Anno 1579. Very
Good +, COMPLETE.
A BRIEF TABLE OF THE INTERPRETATION OF THE PROPER NAMES WHICH ARE
CHIEFLY FOUND IN THE OLDE TESTAMENT…, unpaginated, 7 pages, the
first table, printed in blackletter type font in double columns with
Roman type font notes, very clean and crisp, Perfect !, COMPLETE.
A TABLE OF THE PRINCIPALL THINGS THAT ARE CONTEYNED IN THE BIBLE ,
AFTER THE ORDER OF THE ALPHABET…, unpaginated, 19 pages, the second
table, printed in blackletter type font in triple columns, final
page with a beautiful tailpiece engraving, clean and crisp, Very
Nice !, COMPLETE.
A PERFITE SUPPUTATION OF THE YEERES AND TIMES FROM THE CREATION OF
THE WORLD, UNTO THIS PRESENT YEERE OF OUR Lord God 1578 PROVED BY
THE SCRIPTURES, AFTER THE COLLECTION OF DIVERS AUTHORS. 2 pages,
printed in blackletter type font, last page with “Finis” and
“Imprinted at London by Christopher Barker, Printer to the queens
majesty.Cum privilegio Regiae Maieftatis.”clean and crisp, Very
THE WHOLE BOOKE OF PSALMES TITLE PAGE, 1 page, printed at London by
John Daye, dwelling over Alder Gate. An.1578. Cum privilegio Regiae
Maieftatis., including two scripture verses from James 5 and
Colossians 3 and an amazing central printer’s device engraving, the
verso contains “To The Reader” featuring an beautiful floriated
initial and fleuron head and tailpiece engravings, very crisp and
clean, Just Beautiful!, COMPLETE.
THE WHOLE BOOKE OF PSALMES COLLECTED INTO ENGLISHE METRE…, 8 pages
of musical staves then paginated 1-92, ends with Psalm 138 so lacks
the last few leaves, crisp and clean, Very Nice !
*** ABOUT THE BINDING ***
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.
An amazing Elizabethan First edition thus of the historic Geneva
Bible with plenty of shelf appeal sure to delight both the soul and
the senses !
*A WORD FROM THE CONSERVATOR*
This Bible has undergone a professional page by page comprehensive
paper conservation leaving no condition concerns or further actions
required . Many newer collectors often call into question the
authenticity of our Bibles because of their outstanding , fine
condition. As with any item of age, value is determined according to
condition-condition-condition ! Each and every leaf is guaranteed
authentic as intended by the original printer (except where noted)
.This ancient 16th century treasure is NOT a replica, reproduction,
facsimile, reprint or forgery. The fine art of hand bookbinding and
conservation is alive and well in 2018.
We strive hard to acquire only those Bibles which we would like to
collect ourselves, perform any needed restoration work
professionally to archival standards and present them to you free
from concerns. There has been much discussion regarding the addition
of this volume to our permanent collection ! Antiquarian Bibles
continue to increase in value-In fact, they have done so at about
ten percent per year over the last ten years making them a sensible
addition to any portfolio
A RARE OPPORTUNITY TO OWN A TRUE MUSEUM PIECE!