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BIBLE
[Bible. English. Geneva. 1579]
The Bible. Translated according to the Ebrew and Greeke, and conferred with the best translations in diuers languages. With most profitable annotations vpon all the hard places, and other things of great importance, as may appeare in the epistle to the reader.
Imprinted at London by Christopher Barker, printer to the Queenes most excellent Maiestie, 1579.
[32]; [28]; 378; 86; [4], 121, [14] leaves ; 20.5 cm.

The Geneva version, also known as the "Breeches Bible" because of the rendering of the word "aprons" by "breeches" in Genesis iii.7, where Adam and Eve sew fig leaves together and make themselves "breeches". Translated by William Whittingham, Anthony Gilby, Thomas Sampson, and perhaps others. Apparently the earliest in the long series of quarto Geneva Bibles printed in England. There are two editions of this date, which while closely agreeing are yet distinct. In this issue the general title-page quotation from Joshua includes the words '.. & do .. waye' and the colophon on N.T. leaf 121v includes the words 'dwelling in Pater noster Rowe, at the signe of the Tygres head.'. Includes excerpt from the 'Booke of Common Prayer' ([20] leaves) and 'The Psalter or Psalmes of David' ([28] leaves with undated title-page imprint of Christopher Barker). The Apocrypha and New Testament each have separate foliation and register. Facing leaf 1 of Genesis is a double leaf 'Howe to take profite in reading of the holie Scriptures.' with colophon 'Imprinted by Christopher Barker.' Blackletter. Title-pages have ornamental borders: Bible, McK. & Ferg 159; Psalter, McK. & Ferg. 165. Darlow & Moule, 120; A.S. Herbert, Engl. Bible, 159. ESTC s101759.

Copy Notes Imperfect; wanting the Address 'To the diligent and Christian Reader ...', 'Proper Lessons', 'Almanack' and 'Kalender' ([9] leaves, sig. ¶4, 2¶8) and the excerpt from the 'Booke of Common Prayer' ([20] leaves, sig. A--B8 C4). Different ink inscriptions and doodling on blank recto of double leaf 'Howe to take profite in reading of the holie Scriptures.', which is severely cropped with loss of text at the fore-edge. Bound with an edition of The whole Book of Psalmes, ..., London: John Daye, 1578 (q.v.).

Binding C17th English calf, blind-tooled, blind-panelled spine. Two brass clasps and catches, the clasps not matching. Later paper spine-label in ink reading 'The Bible - Breeches'.

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