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BIBLE
[Bible. English. Geneva. 1605]
The Bible. Translated according to the Ebrew and Greeke, and conferred with the best translations in divers languages. With most profitable annotations vpon all hard places, and other things of great importance, as may appeare in the epistle to the reader. And also a most profitable concordance for the readie finding out of any thing in the same conteined.
Imprinted at London by Robert Barker, printer to the Kings most excellent Maiestie, 1605.
[2], 434, [4], 441-554 leaves ; 21.5 cm. (4º)

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", the earliest quarto edition of which was apparently published in 1578 (q.v.). Translated by William Whittingham, Anthony Gilby, Thomas Sampson, and perhaps others. With the Apocrypha (leaves 358--434; leaf 433 is misnumbered 443, verso of leaf 434 is blank). 'The New Testament of our Lord Iesus Christ' has separate dated title page enclosed within a woodcut with heart-shaped central compartment; register is continuous. Leaf 433 is misnumbered 443. Issued with Two right profitable and fruitfull concordances, ... Collected by R.F.H. [i.e. Robert F. Herrey], with separate title-page and register (q.v.). Darlow & Moule (Rev. 1968), 280; ESTC s102028.

Copy Notes Imperfect; wanting all before leaf 10 (B2). The N.T. title page is omitted from its due place and is placed at the front of the whole book. It is followed by an unsigned leaf with an Address 'To the Christian Reader' on the recto and instructions on the verso 'How to take profit by reading of the holy Scriptures' signed T. Grashop. There follow 8 leaves of an unidentified edition of the Authorised version, the text within frames; then, commencing on B2 and half way through Genesis xxiv.46, commences leaf 10 of the Geneva version. Bound as issued with Two right profitable and fruitfull concordances, ... (q.v.). Front free-endpaper inscribed in in by George Bailey Much damaged, torn & disfigured previous to 1837. Blank verso of leaf 434 with annotations and doodles in ink in a C17th hand.

Binding C18th(?) calf, sprinkled covers with stencilled urn picked out with uneven blind-tooled decorations, gilt double-ruled spine, red morocco spine-label, Richard Cosway's gilt monogram 'CR' (12x8 mm) in top panel.

Reference Number 452


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