1568 Extremely Rare Second Quarto Edition Geneva Bible, printed At Geneva by Jean Crespin with all titles, double page maps, tables and metrical Psalter - exquisite binding - Antique Family Bibles and Early English Bibles
1568 Extremely Rare Second Quarto Edition Geneva Bible, printed At Geneva
by Jean Crespin with all titles, double page maps, tables and metrical Psalter -
Size: quarto, 9 x 6 x 3.25" thick
Publisher: John Crespin
(Jean Crespin) at Geneva
VERY GOOD+ and WELL PRESERVED condition
This is a well
preserved and exceptionally rare Geneva Bible, only the second quarto edition ever
printed: printed 'At Geneva' by John Crespin (Jean
Crespin), one of the printers in Geneva closely associated with the
Reformers movement! This is one of the very few editions of the
Geneva Bible that was actually printed in Geneva (hence the Bible's
name) BEFORE printing of this Bible was 'moved' to England and
monopolized by Christopher Barker.
Hi-quality restoration with
exquisite binding in contemporary 16th century style. With the original
Old Testament (general, 1568) and New Testament title page (1568)
and the title to the complete Metrical Psalter (which is by the way
the first time this metrical Psalter was printed and included with a
The Bible itself is complete, except
for it lacks
the prelims (so it start with the title page - see pictures below). The Old
Testament is followed by the New Testament title and
the complete New Testament, followed by the table
('Table of the Principal things...').
Just before the Psalter is an
overview included of Paul's life and his writings. The title page of
the Psalter is followed by "a Treatise made by Athanasius the
Great", various hymns and the complete book of Psalmes (with musical
bars). It is all complete and ends with a section of prayers.
Printed in Roman Type with
double columns, includes a set of 26 in-text engravings.
It is also worth mentioning that
in this edition the Apocryphal book ' the Prayer of Manasseh" is
actually placed in the main Old Testament section immediately after
2 Chronicles) instead of with the other Apocryphal books.
This edition was issued with 5
double page maps (which were loose and had to be inserted) - ALL
these maps are present: (1) Wanderings of the Israelites, (2) Land
of Canaan, (3) Temple, (4) Land during Jesus' days and (5) Travels
of Paul (1/2 of this map is lacking)
This Bible is described in
Herbert's catalog as number 130.
binding restored to conservator quality.
Can be used, opened and read on a daily basis. Tight binding. Lacks
the prelim leave.
Main title has bottom corner loss as
seen. Small loss of text to bottom of early leaf of Genesis as seen.
Three leaves in Deuteronomy have a small area near top in nice
manuscript, including one header. General light stain to outer
margins and top section. Later dozen or two leaves in psalms at end
are brittle at top corners. Lacks one page in Nehemiah. Various
provenance related notes and scribbles on the blank pages.
Has many in text woodcuts and the notes that made this Bible the
most famous of the day! Beautifully bound could use as a daily