This is an AMAZINGLY preserved and
rare 1576 Geneva Bible. The absolute FIRST Geneva folio Bible
edition ever printed: printed in England by Christopher Barker!!!
With ALL the original title
pages: The general title to the Bible (mounted) as well as the New
Testament title with all titles dating the Bible to 1576 -
'Imprinted at London by Chriftopher Barkar, dwelling in Povvles
Churchyard at the figne of the Tigers Head, 1576'
This Bible is complete including all prelims
(dedication of Qveene Elizabeth, 'to our beloved...', Names and
Order of the bookes...). Also with large print of Barker's device (a
tiger's head - the crest of his patron, Sir F Walsingham) on the
verso of the New Testament title as well as at the end of
Revelation. Also table of 'the order of the yeres...'. Lacks after
Printed in Roman Type with
double columns, includes a extensive set of in-text engravings
and engraved/illustrated first chapter initials.
This Bible is described in
Herbert's catalog as number 143. this is the much rarer 'A' variant
which is also recognized as the true first printed in England.
In the front is the book plate
of the Marquess of Headfort. The Marquess of Headfort is a
title in the Peerage of Ireland. It was created in 1800 for Thomas
Taylour, 2nd Earl of Bective. Despite the official title, the family
unfailingly use the alternative rendering Marquis of Headfort, and
this is the spelling more commonly encountered in references to
VERY GOOD+ to EXCELLENT condition!
Bound in blind stamped brown leather covers. Binding holding well
and the Bible can be read/used daily. Very small slight separation
at the top hinge of the spine. Complete Bible (except for some
tables at the end).
All in amazingly well preserved condition. Title mounted, loss to
edges, slight damp stain in Genesis ending or much lighter by
Exodus, Blank present between Apocrypha, NT Title very fine, Order
of the Yeres. This copy does not have the Map in Acts and the plan
in Ezekiel (according to Herbert these are likely only in the B
variants). Large margins around all the text! Very nice!
See below for 50 pictures.
A truly unique FIRST EDITION Geneva Bible
printed in England!