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Bible, Translated according to the Hebrew - BIBLE - 1615. 
1615 - BIBLE. The Bible: Translated according to the Hebrew and Greeke. London: Robert Barker, 1615. Thick quarto, contemporary full blind-tooled paneled brown calf over wooden boards rebacked in period style, raised bands, decorated brass bosses and catches. Collation: A-D4 E2 p2 A-Hhh8 Iii2 [star]4 Kkk-Yyy8 Zzz10 A-K8 L2. $8500.1615 edition of the important Geneva Bible, the last black-letter quarto edition printed by Robert Barker, with elaborately engraved title pages and numerous woodcut decorations, distinguished in contemporary calf and brass furnishings over wooden boards.When she ascended the throne in 1553, "for reasons both of conviction and of political necessity, Mary [Tudor] was committed to the goal of restoring Roman Catholicism in England". [and] began a series of increasingly repressive measures against Protestants" (González II:76). Some who fled to Geneva there published, in 1560, the "Breeches Bible""so-called for its rendering of Genesis 3:7: "they sewed fig tree leaves together, and made themselves breeches." After Elizabeth succeeded her half-sister, however, the Geneva Bible went on to become, for over three-quarters of a century, "the Bible of the people" (Rylands, 92). "Between 1560 and 1611, when [it] was finally supplanted by the King James Version, at least 140 editions appeared" (The Bible: 100 Landmarks 62). "It became the textus receptus for the Puritan element in England. It was read by Shakespeare, Bunyan and the soldiers of the Civil War, and is thus of cardinal importance for its influence on the English language, literature and thought" (Great Books and Book Collectors, 108). This 1615 edition is famed printer Robert Barker's final black-letter, quarto edition of the Geneva Bible. Barker had also published the first edition of the King James Version in 1611. The present Bible includes an early edition of John Speed's Genealogies Recorded in the Sacred Scriptures (first published in 1611), a collection of 34 engraved charts. A popular work, "no less than 33 editions of [Genealogies] appeared before 1640, many of them being published with various editions of the Bible," as here (DNB). With wood-cut title pages, initials and tail-pieces, concordances and alphabetical tables bound at end. With both general and New Testament engraved title pages with illustrated borders. Darlow & Moule 265. Dore, 203. See: Herbert 339; Rumball-Petre 96. Bible in the Lilly Library 37; The Bible, Pierpoint Morgan Library 99. Early owner signatures and inscriptions, one dated 1656, and occasional ink marginalia. Prayers for King James and for the Royal Family, apparently clipped from a prayer book, mounted on front pastedown.Interior generally clean, light edge-wear not affecting text. Some loss to bottom margin of leaf [Bbb2], not affecting text, closed tear to leaf [Mmm7], affecting still-legible text. Some rubbing to contemporary calf, minimal restoration at beveled edges of boards. Several tiny holes near joints. With seven (of eight) contemporary brass bosses at corners and a central, diamond-shaped boss on each board. With contemporary brass catches, without clasps. A most handsome early 17th-century Bible. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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