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The Holy Bible Containing the Old Testament and the New: Newly Translated Out of the Originall Tongues and with the Former Translations Diligently Compared
Christopher Barker, London 1588 - We offer a Geneva Bible, often referred to as the Breeches Bible, in remarkably sound and clean condition for its age. It is handsomly bound in full leather with five raised bands on spine and with metal corners and clasps; the sturdy boards, with blind decoration and a decorative metal design at centre, are original, but the leather spine is of a later date. The title-page, which is printed on old paper, is probably of a later date too. This is followed by a section of prayers and psalms prior to the complete Old Testament. This initial section is dated 1586 and printed by John Wolfe for Richard Day, rather than by Christopher Barker who printed the Old and New Testaments; the New Testament has an attractive decorative title-page dated 1588 whereas this appears to be lacking in respect of the Old Testament, which has no title-page of its own in this copy. The Old and New Testaments comprise 555 pages; they are followed by a section entitled 'Two Right Profitable and Fruitfull Concordances' printed by Christoper Barker in 1588, and an edition of 'The Whole Booke of Psalmes' printed by John Woolfe, once again for Richard Day, in 1586; this final section has 98 pages. The substantial binding is a little rubbed but is otherwise totally sound; the metal ornamentation is also sound. The flyleaf and first prelim page are rather fragile and a bit ragged with slight loss down the foredge; the same is true of the title-page. The early pages of the section of Prayers that follows are extremely fragile and darkened too with slight loss down the foredge and along the top edge; the later pages of the same section are in better condition overall and the text remains clean, but the final page of this section has an oblique tear from the corner along the bottom edge, although there is no loss of text or of the tail piece at the foot of the page. The body of the biblical text is in remarkably clean condition overall with just occasional darkening and with the odd stain, In the text, from the New Testament onwards, there are however just a few old worm holes. On the verso of the title-page of the New Testament is an inked Note, written horizontally, by the Bible's owner. The note dated April 1746 was penned by Samuell Brook, who states in an inspired way:'This being my last legacy my Grandmother left me to read and practise for my Soul's health. She was a good patron and instructor and by her godly life, she was a lively example of piety; exhorting me to read, understand and practise; for that is the way to be a wise man. She died in the 89 year of her age. This book being in the family an hundred and three score years.' Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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