London, England: Christopher Barker, 1589. Leather-bound. WITH TITLE PAGES. Geneva (Breeches) Bible Leatherbound, with hand-painted gilt around all edges of the leather. 8 1/4” x 6 3/8" WITH title pages. In English, two central columns of text, with two outer columns of notation and commentary. Essentially the first "Study Bible". Black letter edition with commentary in Roman text. Nice rebinding, probably (but not certainly) 18th century boards. As was often the case, shows trimming on top. Pages browned, some staining, some practicing of penmanship on blank pages, with one or two stray cross-out/corrections of words by owners. Owned successively by members of two families in Birmingham, England, with several pages of handwritten family history: 1673-1777, just after concusion of Revelations, on the verso of "Two Right Profitable and Fruitfull Concordances, or Large and Ample Tables Alphabetical); 1773-1777 at the conclusion of the Apocrypha, on the verso of the New Testament title page. 1832-1860 just before title page;. Very Good. Item #76566
The Geneva Bible is one of the most historically significant translations of the Bible into English, preceding the King James Version by 51 years.It was the primary Bible of 16th-century English Protestantism, The Puritans, and was used by William Shakespeare,Oliver Cromwell, John Knox, John Donne, and John Bunyan, author of The Pilgrim's Progress (1678).It was one of the Bibles taken to America on the Mayflower... and was the very first bible printed in Scotland.
This version of the Bible is significant because, for the very first time, a mechanically printed, mass-produced Bible was made available directly to the general public which came with a variety of scriptural study guides and aids which included verse citations that allow the reader to cross-reference one verse with numerous relevant verses in the rest of the Bible, introductions to each book of the Bible that acted to summarize all of the material that each book would cover, maps, tables, woodcut illustrations and indices..." (Wikipedia).
Like most English translations of the time, the Geneva Bible was translated from scholarly editions of the Greek New Testament and the Hebrew Scriptures that comprise the Old Testament, [and]... was the first English version in which all of the Old Testament was translated directly from the Hebrew..."