1584 Very Early Quarto Geneva - Breeches - Bible with Prayer Book, Apocrypha, Concordances
Size: quarto 8.5 x 7 x 3.25"
Publisher: Christopher Barker, London
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
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
This QUARTO sized Geneva Bible is
in an overall GOOD to VERY GOOD and DAILY USABLE condition. Solid
binding. Opens and reads easy. New endpapers. Complete Bible text
(except for missing page in Matthew chapters 8-11, page with
chapters 5-7 is one page misbound). One page in the apocrypha
(Baruch) is lacking. Lacks general title but New Testament tile page
is present. Average wear and some soiling, light foxing, Fair margins around the pages
(some headers cropped). Various cut edges, tears, various repairs
etc etc throughout. See pictures! Some previous ownership scribbles.
Offered at a very attractive price for such an early Geneva Bible.