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Geneva Bibles: The following list of Geneva Bibles begins with folios, then those in the quarto format (in which it was widely used, particularly as a family Bible). The quartos were printed in roman letter and in black (or Gothic) letter and are listed separately in each category below.
As of 30th November, when this list is first being posted on my website, the list is still a work in progress. When posting Bibles for sale, I collate each one and give a careful description, describing all textual defects. This is very time-consuming and those not yet collated as yet receive only a brief mention; as I have time I’ll change what is now only a brief mention of these into a fully collated, priced description. If requested, I’ll try to do any given one next.
I have included editions of the KJV which have the Geneva notes.
The second printing of the Geneva Bible, the first in folio:
1562: The Bible and Holy Scriptures conteyned in the Olde and Newe Testament. translated according to the ebrue and Greke,and conferred With the best translations in diuers languages. With Moste Profitable Annotations upon all the hard places, and other things of great importance as may appeare in the Epistle to the Reader. Geneva; 1562. Folio, old, probably original, paneled calf, sometime rebacked and recornered, with front hinge starting to split, (but still sound); there are repairs to all but the top and middle of the outer margins of the title, obscuring the last two letters of the place of publication, but the whole of the printed portion of the title is present (there is an old ownership inscription at the top of the title, perhaps that of the original owner); the following leaf is a bit creased; there are repairs to the bottom outer corner of A6 and Bi, with the latter obscuring a letter of a sidenote: (there is a small tear into the bottom of the sidenote on A8, affecting a few letters); there is a dampstain to the inner edge of the inner margin, disappearing before the end of Exodus; through Exodus 24, in the same hand as the ownership inscription at the top of the title, there are notations at the end of each chapter, apparently marking the reading of the chapter: these resume at Nombers 11 and conclude at Joshua 11, resuming at Joshua 23 and are present intermittently throughout; the marginal notes of Oi, iii & the verso of iiii are shaved (Deuteronomie 1-2/ 5/ 7-8), with occasional shaving of the sidenotes throughout; there is occasional dampstaining toward the top, beginning in I Samuel; there is a paper flaw at the top of bbi, removing a few letters of the headline recto (I Kings 6); the Psalmes has been removed and replaced by two different printings of ‘the Prayer Book version of the Psalms’ (most of these leaves have been extracted from another, larger Bible, with the rest from a separately printed BCP), evidently the work of a barbarian Anglican who came into possession of this Bible, probably in the 17th or 18th century; 4 of the 5 inserted maps are present: the one at Joshua 15, showing the division of the land of Canaan, is missing. ***Herbert 116, with the title of the NT dated 1561: the second printing of the Geneva Bible, the first in folio; the margins were evidently trimmed when the book was rebacked, possibly at the time Psalms was removed and the Prayer Book Psalter inserted. ***A handwritten bookplate reads: ‘Edward Croxaff, October 22d 1755’; and a modern, printed one reads ‘Rev. Anson Phelps Stokes’. $12,000.
1562: The Bible and Holy Scriptures conteyned in the Olde and Newe Testament. translated according to the ebrue and Greke,and conferred With the best translations in diuers languages. With Moste Profitable Annotations upon all the hard places, and other things of great importance as may appeare in the Epistle to the Reader. Geneva; 1562. Folio, old, probably original, paneled calf, sometime rebacked and recornered, with front hinge starting to split, (but still sound); dual black labels; the title has been washed (and is creased); there are a variety of stains and repairs through c6, with the sidenotes mostly shaved: a ii-iiii, have repairs to the inner margin; there are repairs to the bottom margin through c6, with what I think is a fine facsimile replacement of 6+ lines of text on a ii; subsequent repairs involve sidenotes (in facsimile), but not text; b ii -6, c ii, d 5, bb i & ii, nn iii- oo i; pp5-qq5, rr ii-5; vv i-ii, Lll i & ii, SS5, TT iii, are ruled in red and are certainly taken from another copy; c iii & 4 (pp. 15 & 16) are missing; the bottom blank margins are occasionally neatly repaired (e.g., h7 through g iii); some words are missing from the chapter summary at the beginning of I Kings 10 (bb5, recto); from about II Kings 23 into the NT there is something of a dampstain to the outer margin; the bottom outer corner is torn from vv6, removing some words/ letters from the bottom 6/5 lines of the outer column of text, as well as some sidenotes (& there is a long closed tear into the text); the bottom margin of AA ii-6 (the beginning of Matthew) has been repaired, with the final line of text/ sidenotes missing from both columns recto & verso of AA iii-5; from EE i & especially from PP i (Philippians) the outer margins are frequently trimmed/ frayed and the sidenotes shaved; LACKS VV ii- XX i-4 (the second Table and the chronology). The headlines are occasionally shaved or cropped; generally the various defects notwithstanding, still a good copy, with most pages crisp & clean. All 5 inserted maps are missing, as is frequently the case. ***Herbert 116, with the title of the NT dated 1561: the second printing of the Geneva Bible, the first in folio; there is an old ownership inscription in the bottom margin of mm5 (Ester 3): John Lurrie (sp?). $14,000.
The first Bible printed in Scotland:
1579/6: The Bible and Holy Scriptures ... Edinburgh: Alexander Arbuthnot, 1579/ Thomas Bassandyne, 1576. Folio, 19th century blindstamped black morocco, bit rubbed; the general title and following 8 leaves are supplied in good facsimile (but without the supply of the blank leaf, which is virtually never now present); from Genesis 1 through Exodus 3: 21 (a i through e ii) the edges are defective, at first affecting sidenotes and text, but gradually improving so that the repairs (respectively verso and recto) to the bottom margins of e iii & iiii affect only the catchword on the latter; though the repairs are crude and the whole is unsightly, relatively little text is missing; the headlines are occasionally shaved or even cropped; the bottom & outer margins are occasionally smaller, perhaps indicating that the leaves in question have been inserted from a smaller copy (e.g., kk i –6, hhh i-6 & iii i); there is a hole (perhaps a paper flaw) toward the top of the outer column of Qq6, removing a few letters on 4 lines of text, recto & verso; the bottom c. 3” is torn from the bottom of the outer margin of xx5, removing a couple letters from the bottom 10 lines of the sidenotes, recto & verso; the Psalmes is somewhat soiled, from use; the bottom outer corner of ddd ii has been torn away, removing text from about 6 lines, and has been crudely repaired; the bottom outer corner of sss i (Daniel 2) is torn away, removing a few words from 3 lines of sidenotes, recto & verso; there is a closed tear to ttt i, crudely repaired and the bottom outer corner is torn from this leaf, removing a letter from the sidenote recto; a closed tear to xxx ii is crudely repaired; there are a few minor marginal repairs in the NT; toward the end of the NT the bottom outer corners are somewhat rounded, occasionally removing a few letters of sidenotes (e.g., Riiii, Sii & iiii, Vi & ii, with the corner a bit tattered); from Viii (the beginning of Jude) there are various relatively crude repairs, marginal and otherwise, with marginal defects (minor at first, but growing substantially in the ‘Brief Table’ which follows Revelation: LACKS Y6 and Z1 and with Z2-6 provided in good facsimile, lacking Z7, the final printed leaf. The full page map inserted at Nombers 23 and the folding diagram of the Forme of the Temple at Ezekiel 48 are present in good facsimile; the map of Canaan inserted at Joshua 15 is original. ***Herbert 158, the first Bible printed in Scotland. The printing was begun by Bassandyne, whose name appears on the New Testament title, which is dated 1576, and was finished by Arbuthnot, whose name appears on the general title, dated 1579. The General Assembly of the [by then Presbyterian] Church of Scotland ordered every parish to subscribe the purchase price before the printing was begun. The heavy use these Bibles received in the churches accounts for the fact that very few copies have survived in even moderately decent condition; the present copy is in much better than average condition. A good example of quite an important landmark in the history of the publication of the Bible and one which illustrates the heavy use to which these Bibles were subjected in churches. $8500.
1595: The Bible... London: the Deputies of Christopher Barker, 1595. Small folio, 19th century blindstamped divinity calf; front cover detached. A considerably defective copy, LACKING all before I Kings 21: 8 (with the text beginning on Ee i, folio 169) & continuing to II Kings xx: 3 (Ff6, folio 180), then skipping to Nehemiah 13: 3 (Oo2, folio 224); the title to the Second Part of the Bible, just before Psalms, is present; a piece is torn from middle of the top of Tt5 , removing some of the headlines and some words from 3 or 4 lines of text, recto & verso; there are occasional repairs to the bottom outer corner and the outer margins; there are two long closed tears into the text on Fff6; the bottom outer corner of Qqq2 is torn away, removing some words/ letters from 10/ 11 lines of the sidenotes, recto & verso; complete through the end of Malachi, but lacking leaf 397 through 426 (Aaaa6; the beginning of the Apocrypha through Judith 14: 14); there is a short closed tear into the text at the bottom of Bbbb 1; LACKS Hhhh 1 (I Maccabees 1: 52) through Qqqq1 (Mark 12: 8), folios 463-511; the NT title is missing, but the colophon contains the imprint. ***Herbert 225; BOUND IN is The Whole Booke of Psalmes, ...Thomas Sternhold, Iohn Hopkins and others, ... London: Iohn Windet, for the Assignes of Richard Day, 1595. Complete through P6, including the 150 Psalms and through most of the “A Thanksgiving after the receiving of the Lords supper”. ***There are various notations, underlinings and markings stamp of Northamptonshire Libraries in bottom margin of Ee1 (folio 169, the first present), Ddd i (folio 301), Hhhh i (folio 601) and on the verso of P6 at the end of the Psalter.. see notes 4D3 & 5 & 4E2 (Ecclesiasticus); blank verso of the last leaf of the OT: “The things which are writ with in this Book wee ought / and must in for to looke all ovar ....”; on the recto of Pp5, in relation to Job 16: 22 is written “Mr Brough of Carsington. Aug. 31 1712” on the recto of Tt6, following Psalm 73:26, is written in a very old hand: “Amen. J: Smith”. $500.
1644 A Geneva folio belonging to the Puritan Simeon Ashe and bound for him; quite defective.
A roman letter folio Geneva:
1644: The Bible That is, The Holy Scriptures ...Translated... With most profitable Annotations upon all the hard places, and other things of great Importance. Amsterdam: Thomas Stafford, 1644, (According to the Copy printed at Edinburgh by Andro Hart, 1610.) Folio, original paneled vellum, gilt cartouche in centers, newly rebacked; lacks A1 (blank). a piece is torn from the blank bottom outer corner of the title & following leaf; minor worming to bottom margin from z5 (II Samuel 2) through B3 (Psalm 35), touching a letter or two of text on a very few leaves; light foxing to outer margins almost throughout; there is a closed tear into a sidenote of Q2 (Deuteronomy 27) and I1 (Luke 9/10); there is minor worming to the top margin from K1 (Luke 16) to the end of the volume: from K2 to P a short line, then two holes and then one simple hole until Kk3 (Revelation 16) when it expands substantially right above the headlines (but without touching them, much less the text proper): this ends at the end of the second Table; there is also worming to the outer margin, beginning almost unnoticeable at E4, expanding in K and from L2 through N2 becoming a distinct line, almost as if it had been cut (stopping just at the text proper, but going through the sidenotes) then diminishing over a few leaves and then becoming almost unnoticeable again until stopping at Kk2 (in Revelation 14); the last 5 leaves (of the second Table and the Admonition to the Christian Reader have the blank bottom outer corner torn away; the next last leaf has a piece torn from the top outer margin, affecting a letter of text on the top 9 lines verso; the final leaf has been silked, but is not damaged. ***Herbert 579, the last Geneva Bible printed in the 17th century. Printed without the Apocrypha; some copies of this edition had a separately printed Apocrypha inserted: this copy did not. There are full page copperplates at G1 & G2 in Exodus, illustrating the parts of the Tabernacle and the clothing of the High Priest. ***Generally a very good copy, the detailed description of the minor defects in notwithstanding. $3000.
KJV folio, Geneva notes: [N.B. I have not yet collated the text of the Bible, proper]
The Holy Bible..., Newly translated out of the original Tongues and with the former Translations diligently compared and revised by his Majestie’s special command. With most profitable Annotations upon all the hard places, and other things of great importance. Which notes have never before been set forth with this new Translation. Printed in the Year, 1679. Large folio, orginal Dutch blindstamped calf (with center cartouche on both covers) over oak boards, fancy metal cornerpieces (the bottom inner cornerpiece on the rear cover is almost entirely missing) and catches (but lacking clasps); the spine is defective, with the top and bottom panels missing, but the binding is nevertheless sound; the engraved title is frayed at the edges, lacking a small piece at the bottom outer corner, is mounted and inserted loosely; a large piece is missing from the bottom of the first & second leaves of Genesis (c. 30 %); the first leaf of Jeremiah has a large outer corner torn away; a large piece is torn from Tt4 (Proverbs 15-18), but, though loose, is still present; the NT title is present (and is dated 1683), but loose and with substantially defective margins, just touching the imprint The margins are good throughout, but the edges are slightly decayed and frayed; there are occasional closed tears throughout. ***Herbert 743; BOUND IN is the separately printed Apocrypha AND, at the front, The Book of Common – Prayer... London: John Bill, for Christopher Barker, 1679. Title creased and mounted, with margins decayed, as to a lesser degree are the margins throughout; the bottom outer corner is torn from E2, removing some words from about 4 lines of text; there is a stain to the bottom margin, but the text is complete; AND, BOUND IN at the rear is The Whole Book of Psalms: Collected into English Meeter, by Thomas Sternhold, John Hopkins, and others. London: for the Company of Stationers, 1679. Complete. ***The double page, folding map of the world (showing California as an island, is present, but defective, with the bottom c. 30% of one of the folding pieces and the bottom c. 40% of the other missing, each removing a copperplate illustration from the border; the bottom c. 30% is missing from an outer fold of the double page folding map of Paradise; the map of the Israelites travels in the wilderness (at Numbers 22/23) is in similar condition; ‘Jerusalem’ is defective as to both outer folds, but the basic plan of the city is unaffected (at Nehemiah 3); the double page map of Canaan, at the beginning of the NT, has similar defects; the double page map of the Travels of St. Paul, at the beginning of Acts, also has similar defects.
***The fancy ownership inscription of ‘Elizabeth Manestu. September Ve IXth: MDCCI’ is on the free front fly leaf. and an undated (probably 19th century) piece of writing paper is pasted inside the front cover; it reads: “A solemn Calculation. “The aggregate population on the surface of the known habitable globe, is estimated at 895,300,000, souls if we reckon, with the ancients that a generation lasts 30 years, then in that space 895,300,000, human beings will be born and die, Consequently 81,760 must be dropping into Eternity every day –3,407, every hour or about 56 every minute! how awful is the Reflection!” “A thousand wretched Souls are fled, Since the last setting sun.” ” ***The verso of the NT title has genealogical notes pertaining to the children of Joseph & Jane Atkinson, with the first, Jane, born Octob’r 1721 and “baptized by Mr. Bragg at home”; all but one of the others were baptized by Bragg, at a [Church] meeting, the last, Josiah, having been born October ye 31 1732. Three of the seven children died within 6 months. $800.
The Holy Bible. With most profitable Annotations upon all the hard places, and other things of great importance. Which notes have never before been set forth with this new translation: but are now placed in due order with great care and industrie. [Amsterdam], 1708. Large folio [15 1/4" x 9 1/2"], rebound in green buckram, with the bookplate of Richard Gerry Durnin. The engraved title page, which includes a view of London and engravings of Moses and Aaron, is mounted; the text is complete and in good condition throughout. ***Herbert 897; BOUND IN is the Apocrypha, which was printed separately and inserted for the original owner, The Book of Common-Prayer, And Administration of the Sacraments, And other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church, According to the Use of the Church of England, Together with the Psalter or Psalms of David, Pointed as they are to be sung or said in Churches. London: Charles Bill and the Executrix of Thomas Newcomb, 1711. (4), 80, (24)pp AND The Whole Book of Psalms: Collected into English Meeter, by Sternhold and Hopkins, and others. London: Printed for the Company of Stationers, 1702. 76, (1)pp; there are no maps.
*** These editions of the KJV were printed to fill a continued demand, primarily among Puritans, for the extensive notes (with Junius on Revelation) printed with the Geneva translation. While the Geneva Bible continued to be in use through much of the 17th century, most came to recognize that, on balance, the KJV was the superior translation. This combination, with the KJV text and the Geneva notes, was designed to meet the desire of many for both in one volume. The first such edition was printed in 1642 by the Dutch printer Joost Broerss in Amsterdam. A quarto edition was printed in London in 1649, under the Commonwealth. After a long delay, another folio edition was printed in 1672, again in Amsterdam, this edition usually including three maps. Amsterdam reprints in 1679, 1708 & 1715 demonstrated the continued demand for this combination. These editions were generally issued with between 3 and 6 double-page maps; when all were present they included 1) a map of the world, showing California as an island; 2) Paradise, Or The Garden of Eden; 3) the Forty Years Travels of the Children of Israel; 4) a map of Jerusalem; 5) Canaan, the Land of Promise; 6) The Travels of St. Paul. These maps are often either defective, missing, or never bound in in the first place, particularly as they have often been extracted and framed. As the Puritans generally preferred the Bible without the Apocrypha, in these editions it was offered as an optional extra, and not as an integral part of the printing; it is not infrequently bound in, but is as a plainly separately printed work. Especially when in an attractive binding, and with the engraved title and all of the maps, these are very attractive editions of the Bible. $650.
QUARTO: roman letter text
1) The Bible:... London: the Deputies of Christopher Barker, 1595. 4to, 19th century black russia, a bit rubbed, but still quite sound; headlines occasionally shaved or cropped throughout (infrequently removing headlines entirely); there is occasional light damp-staining, particularly toward the end of the NT, and some soiling (more in the NT than in the OT) and some underlining (also particularly in the NT) and occasional notes in a very old hand; the top outer corner of i8 is torn away, removing a few letters from the headline and three lines of a side note; there is a very small burn hole in Kk3, affecting a couple letters of text recto & verso; the top outer corner of Oo1 is torn away, removing a letter from the headline; there are a few closed tears & several pieces torn from blank margins; the text generally is nevertheless in quite good condition throughout. ***Seemingly Herbert 226 (but with the NT title dated 1597 and the colophon 1595); this edition has the Beza/ Thomson NT (as is usual for the roman letter Genevas). BOUND WITH The Whole Booke of Psalmes, Collected into English meetre, by Thomas Sternhold, Iohn Hopkins, and others, ... London: Iohn Windet for the Assignes of Richard Day, 1594. H2, the last leaf present (the second of the Prayers), is defective at the top affecting text; the final two leaves are missing. SOLD
2) The Bible:... London: the Deputies of Christopher Barker, 1598. 4to, old (early 20th century?) elaborately blindstamped/ paneled tan morocco; the number ‘459’ is stamped on the title; the Apocrypha is not bound in this copy (& does not appear to have been bound in originally); there is a stain to the top inner corner, gradually growing lighter and eventually disappearing somewhere around Job; there is slight damage to the top margin of the first few leaves, including a tear without loss into the text of the first leaf of Genesis; a few headlines are shaved or cropped and there are a few notations in ink throughout; old inscriptions on the verso of the title page before Psalms have been crossed out in ink, resulting in bleed-through on the title; there are genealogical notes on the blank verso of the last leaf of Malachi and of the NT title (both with a bit of bleed-through), the family name being Dowell and with dates in the 1690’s. [On the old, but not original, leaf before the general title is a reference to Psalm 64: 9 & 10, with the date of Nov. 5 for years from 1789 through1826; on the much more recent free front endpaper is the ownership inscription ‘Colin Lawton Johnson’.] ***Herbert 244; a reasonably good, complete (the Apocrypha apart, probably missing as the deliberate choice of an original Puritan owner not to include it) 16th century roman letter Geneva Bible, with the Thomson/Beza NT. It is increasingly difficult to find complete Geneva Bibles published in the reign of Elizabeth I. $2650.
A very readable Bible with an interesting provenance:
3) The Bible, .... London: the Deputies of Christopher Barker, 1599. 4to, old, perhaps original, paneled calf, worn, with outer edges and corners defective; newly & very neatly rebacked, with new endpapers; LACKS the woodcut general title, but with the printed title present (though repaired verso); blank margins of the two following preliminary leaves strengthened; there is a repair to the outer margin of A3 & a closed tear to A8, F5 & Ee3; the top and outer margins of Aa3-6 are defective, affecting the headlines at the top, but only the blank portions of the outer margins, not touching the sidenotes (Psalms 9-19); the outer and bottom margins of Hh2-7 are likewise defective, but not touching any printed material (Isaiah 56-Jeremiah 5), there is occasional minor soiling & staining throughout, but the text generally is quite good. The woodcut title aside, a good, complete copy. ***Herbert 249, a roman letter Geneva, with the Tomson/Junius New Testament; as issued without an Apocrypha, but with the integral Psalter at the rear. This, as were all the roman letter 1599 editions, was printed in the Netherlands sometime after 1615, when James I banned further printing of the Geneva Bible in England, in order to aid the circulation of his new version; the false date was to give the impression the law was not being broken, though the Bibles were being smuggled into England to meet the continued demand for this highly popular translation, with its extensive and helpful notes. Unlike all other editions of the Geneva Bible, these were printed without the Apocrypha and with a Sternhold & Hopkins Psalter (for singing in worship) as an integral part of the Bible. ***There is an ownership inscription on the blank verso of the last page of Malachi, ‘Willm Seller’ and another, similar inscription on the recto of the blank leaf following the Psalter at the rear; this latter inscription has the date ‘1596’, impossible as a date of acquisition, but quite believable as a date of birth. On the verso of the same leaf are two signatures reading ‘Samuel Seller’. Included is a 1926 letter written to a ‘Mrs W. L. Seller’ of Muritai Street, Tahuna-nui, Nelson, from ‘J.B. Christie’ of Wellington (New Zealand), inquiring if, in regard to her letter in the New Zealand Free Lance, she’s yet found a purchaser for her “Breeches” Bible, “and, if not, if you [she] still desire to sell it.” It would be interesting to know of the course of the Bible’s travels from New Zealand in 1926 to Philadelphia in the USA, and yet more interesting to know if the Bible had remained in the Seller family from an original purchase in the early 17th century through an emigration to New Zealand so as to remain in the family some 300 years later. [Nelson is at the north end of the south island; Wellington is across the Cook Straight from it.) SOLD
4) The Bible... London: Deputies of Christopher Barker, 1599. 4to, old (possibly original) reversed calf with old repairs to head & tail of spine, recornered and with the front hinge starting to split; dual brass clasps in good working order. LACKS the printed general title (though the engraved title is present) AND the Psalter (for singing) at the rear, otherwise complete; the text generally is good and crisp, with good margins, though there are occasional small inkspots obscuring the text; the text of the NT is very lightly soiled & browned; there is a repaired tear without loss to G8, there are neat repairs to the blank bottom outer corner of Pp4, there is a small burn hole to Ccc4, affecting a few letters of a sidenote verso; there is a neat repair to the side margin of Iii7, not affecting text; there is a neat repair to the bottom outer corner of Mmm6 (I Timothy 6) affecting two letters of a sidenote recto; LACKS Qq8 (the blank between the end of the OT and the NT title); the Bible concludes at the end of the tables with the colophon on Rrr4. ***Herbert 252; a roman letter Geneva with the Tomson/Junius New Testament. This, as were all but one of the 1599 editions, was printed in the Netherlands sometime after 1615, when James I banned further printing of the Geneva Bible in order to aid the circulation of the new version; the false date was to give the impression the law was not being broken, though the Bibles were smuggled into England to meet the continued demand for this highly popular translation (as well as for the valued notes). Unlike all other editions of the Geneva Bible, this was printed without the Apocrypha and with the Psalter (for singing in worship) as an integral part of the Bible. ***Still quite an attractive example of the Geneva Bible in the format in which it was most popular with the New England Puritans, complete apart from the extra general title and the Psalter. $1800.
5) The Bible:... London: Robert Barker, 1603. 4to, old ornately blind-tooled calf, very neatly newly rebacked; a.e.g.; ruled in red throughout. The general title is mounted, there is what looks to be an ink smudge on the verso of Z1 and a small stain to the verso of Gg8 and the recto of Hh1; but the text otherwise is crisp and clean; a few headlines are shaved. BOUND WITH The Whole Booke of Psalmes. Collected into English meeter by Thomas Sternhold, John Hopkins, and others, ... London: Iohn Windet for the Company of Stationers, 1604. The final leaf is re-edged to all but the top margin and repaired with tape in two places. ***Herbert 274, reading "to the Queenes most excellent Majestie" on both titles, but reading "Kings" in the colophon. Unusually nice. SOLD $3000.
6) The Bible: ... London: Robert Barker, 1603. 4to, modern tan library buckram (Wells Bindery, Waltham, Mass. Mar. 1952), with call letters on spine and a library stamp on the verso of the title, (which is soiled and repaired to the bottom blank margin); the bottom outer corner is torn from D6, removing a few words recto and verso and sidenote 'g' plus a few words from sidenote 'f' recto (Exodus 26); a piece is torn from the bottom/outer margin of G4 (with an old repair), removing the last couple words & the catchword recto and a verse number verso (Numbers 7); there is an old library stamp in the bottom margin of leaf 101 (I Samuel 9); there is minor soiling and stains throughout and there is a light dampstain in the bottom inner corner front and rear, but generally the text is quite good throughout. The Apocrypha is not present. Though nothing is missing, Mmm1 through Ooo7 (Colossians 1: 8 through Revelation 2: 21) is bound in between Qqq1 and Qqq2 (the last leaf of Revelation and the first leaf of the table). ***Herbert 274, reading "to the Queenes most excellent Majestie" on both titles, but reading "Kings" in the colophon. The Apocrypha, though printed as part of this Bible, apparently was never bound in: not infrequently Puritans deliberately had their Bibles bound without it on the grounds that, while good literature, it is not properly part of God's inspired Word. $1500.
With copperplate illustrations
7) The Bible: ... London: Robert Barker, 1610. Quarto, old, probably original paneled red morocco, gilt; sometime (18th century?) neatly rebacked in matching ornately gilt red morocco (rear hinge rubbed & front hinge split, but still holding firmly); a.e.g.; with unusual marbled endpapers and the old bookplate of James Sherman inside the front cover and, on the verso of the free endpaper, an 1843 pen & ink bookplate. The whole is ruled in red throughout; A1, the leaf before the title is present (with a decorative cartouche and the letter ‘A’). There is some light soiling and the side margins are cut close to the red ruling (just touching the sidenotes on a few leaves); there is a small burn hole to C7, affecting 2 letters verso; there is a repair to the outer margin of G8, affecting the outer red rule; there is what appears to be a small drop of ink on Q2, affecting a couple letters of text recto & verso; the top outer corner is torn from Vv8, removing most of the ‘A’ in the headline ‘Apocrypha; there is an old ink stain to the top middle of Ddd1, affecting some words of the top c. 14 lines of text; but overall the text is in quite good condition and COMPLETE. ***Herbert 306, with both titles dated 1610, but with the colophon dated 1611; with the misprint of Judas for Jesus in John 6: 67. BOUND IN is The Booke of Psalmes, collected into English Meetre by Thomas Sternhold, Iohn Hopkins and others: ... London: for the Companie of Stationers, 1612, ALSOBOUND IN is a suite of plates: Apostolor XII ...Effigies. Antverpiae: Excudebat has effigies Gerardus de Iode. Delineabat Ambro. Franck., with the title inserted following the NT title and, interspersed through the NT, 18 copperplate images (the bottom outer corner of Matthew is torn away and repaired, removing part of the border only); those of Mark & Luke have repairs to the bottom of the blank verso. [In addition to depictions of Matthew, Mark, Luke, & John, there are various images of Jesus, Paul & Peter, etc.; a few have minor marginal repairs (with a repair verso which affects the face of Judas Thadaeus& most are a bit soiled.] Facing Genesis 1 is a depiction of Moses (with the outer margin slightly decayed). ***Just prior to the title to the second part of the Bible (Psalmes through Malachi) is a title page reading: Icones Prophetarum Veteris Testamenti, a Ioanne Stradano delineateae, a Theodoro Gallaeo excusae. Antverpiae: 1613. At the appropriate places are full-page depictions of the prophets, beginning with Isaiah and only omitting Nahum: 15 in all. There is also a depiction of Baruch in the Apocrypha. ***Though with some wear and a few quite minor defects, a good example of a fancy Geneva Bible, bound in 17th century red morocco with a nice 18th century reback to match, ruled in red throughout and with two suites of 17th century full page copperplate illustrations, rarely found in English Bibles. Quite unusual and still quite nice. $3500.
8) The Bible: ... London: Robert Barker, 1610. Quarto, original calf over oak boards, with brass corner and centerpieces and catches on the rear cover only (there are two screws in the front cover; attached to the top catch on the rear cover and torn, but still holding to the screw on the front cover is an old leather piece which once, with its now missing lower mate, held the covers closed), newly rebacked, with a label. The blank bottom margin of the text is decayed throughout, though not uniformly (the first part of the OT is least affected), sometimes with small holes, and is quite fragile; the side margin is OK, but should be handled with some care; the text as such, along with the top margin is generally quite good, though the NT is noticeably more soiled than the OT or Apocrypha; the Bible is complete, though with the following specific defects: there is minor worming toward the bottom of the inner margin from G8 (Numbers 15) through I8 (Deuteronomy 19) slightly affecting the sidenotes; the decay at the bottom removes a word or two of a note at the bottom of Aa7, recto & verso (Psalm 32 & 35); there is a fairly small light brown stain to the verso of Ii1, decreasing gradually through the preceding 3 leaves (at the beginning of Jeremiah); the top outer corner of Aaa7 is defective, slightly affecting the headline; there are marginal defects and repairs to Iii4 & 5 (Romans 14-16), with small portions of the sidenotes missing recto & verso from Iii4 and with the repair to the outer margin affecting a letter or two of the sidenote recto on Iii5); a piece is torn from the outer margin of Kkk5 (I Corinthians 16/II Corinthians 1), removing the sidenotes from the upper c.¾ of the page recto and removing nearly half of 11 lines of text from verses 8-12 of the outer column recto and 16 lines of text from verses 5-9 of the outer column verso; there are small holes in Qqq2, 3 & 5 (the briefe Table at the rear), removing a number on the verso of the first, a few letters of text on the verso of the second and two letters of text on the recto of the third; there is a seemingly unnecessary repair to a blank portion of the verso of the colophon leaf. ***Herbert 306, with both titles dated 1610, but with the colophon dated 1611; this copy has the correct reading of ‘Jesus’ in John 6: 67. Though with a (virtually complete) delicate text, the binding has considerable charm and, with the new spine, the Bible can be handled quite readily. $2100.
9) The Bible, ... London: the Deputies of Christopher Barker, 1599. 4to, somewhat surface worn contemporary black morocco, gilt devices on spine and gilt panelling on covers; a.e.g. (also worn); recent endpapers; included is a leaf before the woodcut title, with only the letter ‘A’; there is a burnhole toward the bottom of the outer column of E7 (Leviticus 7: 11), removing a few letters of text recto; the outer margins are infrequently shaved affecting the sidenotes, e.g. the verso of Pp4 (Micah 1; and are much more frequently trimmed closed to the sidenotes; there is a closed tear into the text in S4 (II Kings 18); there is a paper flaw hole toward the bottom of the inner margin of Hhh8 (Actes 1/2), removing several words of the sidenote recto & verso; the outer margins of Nnn2-7 (Hebrews 5-12) are slightly abraded, slightly affecting the sidenotes toward the top; the outer margins of Ppp3-6 (Revelation 11-17) are also abraded, affecting a couple letters of the sidenotes from top to bottom; there is minor staining to the bottom outer blank margin toward the end of the Psalter at the rear. ***Herbert 248; said to be the first of the 1599 dated roman letter Geneva Bibles, printed with the Thomson NT and the Junius Revelation, without the Apocrypha, but with the Psalter at the rear as an integral part of the book. As were the others, this was probably printed in Amsterdam; it is said to “abound” in errors: e.g., beards for harps in Isaiah 30: 32. ***The minor defects notwithstanding, a good complete copy in a contemporary black morocco binding. SOLD
10) The Bible, ... London: the Deputies of Christopher Barker, 1599. 4to, contemporary black morocco, ornately gilt spine and covers (gilt dull), with front hinge just starting to split; lacks original silk ties; a.e.g. (gilt worn): with the initials ‘W P’ in gilt in the center of both covers; lacks endpapers, with fraying to the outer blank margin of the titles (and, to a lesser degree, to the two following leaves, with some similar fraying to the final two leaves of the Psalter at the rear); there is a small single wormhole in the text from the front through H1 (Numbers 18); the bottom outer corner is missing from Kkk4 (possibly a paper flaw, removing a few words of sidenotes recto and verso, I Corinthians 15) ***Herbert 252; a note inside the front cover identifies the ‘W P’ as a William Peabody, who married Elizabeth, eldest daughter of John and Priscilla Alden. An inserted bookseller’s note says William Primrose rather than Peabody, but also identifies him as the son-in-law of the Aldens, but my impression is that the husband of the Alden’s oldest child was William Pabodie. Still quite a nice, virtually complete Bible, in an interesting contemporary binding. $3800.
QUARTO: black letter text
1) The Bible... 1579. 4to, green morocco, gilt. No general title, headlines & sidenotes cropped
2) The Bible... London: Christopher Barker, 1582. 4to, new calf with original front cover and spine laid down; lacks the general title & slightly over half of both the final leaf of the Apocrypha and NT title (but with the date, 1582, present); large piece (about 40%) torn from Ff7 (affecting Psalms 90-94) and bottom outer corner torn from Ff8 (removing sidenotes and a bit over half a column of about 12 lines of text), bottom outer corner torn from Eee7 (Ecclesiasticus 47/48), removing much of about 15 lines of text in the outer column), top half of Ppp1 torn away (John 5/6); --- corner torn from M2 (Joshua- a very little bit), Kkk3 (Matthew 6), Lll5 (Matthew 25/6) & Sss7 (I Corinthians 1) removing a bit of the sidenotes; with a few tears without loss and minor marginal fraying, especially at the beginning of Genesis; the headlines are occasionally shaved or even cropped, though generally the margins are good; though with a bit of staining & soiling, the text generally is fairly crisp. ***Herbert 174, quite an early Geneva quarto in generally good condition. Bound in is a defective Book of Common Prayer and Two right profitable and fruitfull Concordances,... London: Christopher Barker, n.d. (lacks all after F7 of the second table, that of 'common places'). $1350.
3) The Bible... London: Christopher Barker, 1583. 4to, nice new old style calf, new endpapers; LACKS the general title; outer part of headlines slightly shaved in the first part of the Pentateuch; the bottom outer corner of Ii2 (Proverbs 23) is torn away, removing some of several words of a sidenote verso; a rectangular piece is torn from Mm5 (Isaiah 51), removing much of 5 lines of sidenotes recto & verso; there is a horizontal tear without loss completely through Nn8 & Oo1 & 2 (Jeremiah 11-18); the outer edge of Tt4 (Daniel 3/4) is defective with a piece missing from the top outer corner, a fairly large piece (c. 2¼”) slightly below that (removing sidenotes and 2 or 3 words of about 15 lines of text, and a 2¼” strip removing a bit of c. 20 lines of sidenotes, recto & verso, AND with a small triangular piece missing from from Tt5 (Daniel 5), removing some words from 5 lines of sidenotes recto & verso; the top outer corner is torn from Iii4 (Matthew 27), removing some letters of the headline verso. LACKS the whole of the Apocrypha. ***Herbert 179, the minor defects notwithstanding, quite a good early black letter quarto Geneva Bible; possibly the Apocrypha was deliberately not bound in when the Bible was originally purchased, as Puritans understood that it was not the inspired word of God; but possibly it was removed for the same reason by a later owner. BOUND IN is the Two right profitable and fruitfull Concordances, or large and ample Tables Alphabeticall. London: Christopher Barker, n.d. The marginal notes on the verso of E4 are shaved; there is a horizontal closed tear to K6. There are 17th century ownership inscriptions in the bottom margins of the verso of D8 and the recto of E1: respectively John and Robert Spunter (or something to that effect). $1450.
4) The Bible. London: the Deputies of Christopher Barker, 1589. 4to, somewhat worn but sound original calf, sometime rebacked, still quite sound but with the surface of the spine a bit defective; lacks front free endpaper; outer edge a bit abraded through A8; there is a burn hole in L6 (Joshua 1: 12 & 3: 15), removing a word or two/ a couple letters from 3 lines of text; in a contemporary hand, the name ‘John Wagner’ (if I read it correctly: it’s a bit smeared) is written in the bottom margin of the verso of Mm6; a piece is torn from outer half of the top margin of Qq iii, removing the outer headline and the tops of some words of the top line of the outer column of text recto & verso, part of the chapter designation recto (as well as the number of the leaf, 307) and part of the name of the book (Lamentations) verso; a piece is torn from the top outer corner of Lll i (Matthew 17/8) removing a bit of the sidenotes and headlines recto & verso (as well as the page number recto, 448): there is also a closed tear into the text; the text generally is crisp and clean: there are a minimal number of minor stains. ***Herbert 199; BOUND IN is Two right profitable and fruitfull Concordances, or large and ample Tables Alphabeticall. London: the Deputies of Christopher Barker, n.d. (c. 1589). A-K8 (80 unnumbered leaves/ 160 pages) AND The Whole booke of Psalmes Collected into English meetre by Thomas Sternhold, John Hopkins, and others, ... London: the Assignes of Richard Day, 1588. There is a large oval dampstain in the middle of the page, starting small and very light about page 40, but then growing substantially, though with a darker stain only around the edges.(10) 86, 88-89pp A-F8, G2, lacking pp. 87-88 and all after 90 (G3, following): that is, all after Psalm 148. There is a fairly small ink stain to the verso of the last leaf of the Concordances and to the title of the Psalter. ***In addition to the ownership inscription noted about there is one to the outer margin recto of the leaf following the general title: ‘Wm Maynard his booke’ and something of a mid-18th century Maynard genealogy inside the rear cover. ***A virtually complete 16th century black letter Geneva quarto Bible, in much better condition than average. SOLD $2800.
5) The Bible.... London: Deputies of Christopher Barker, 1589. 4to, old front cover, new rear & spine. facsimile general title; outer margins occasionally shaved and with minor defects, sometimes affecting the sidenotes, throughout;
6) The Bible.... London: Deputies of Christopher Barker, 1589. 4to, 17th century calf, sometime rebacked. text starts at Exodus 12, ends in I Corinthians
6a) The Bible.... London: Deputies of Christopher Barker, 1598. Quarto, 18th century mottled calf, sometime rebacked in a lighter tan calf (probably c. mid-20th century). The general title and the following preliminary leaf have had their outer and bottom margins extended; the blank bottom margin of A2 (the second leaf of Genesis) has been trimmed away; there is a brown spotted stain from C ii through H ii (Exodus 28 through Numbers 10), at its worst from F iiii – F7 (in Leviticus), with 5 to 10 dark brown spots and small holes obscuring/ removing a letter or two of text; a rectangular piece is torn from the bottom inch of the outer column of Ii7 (Ecclesiastes 7: 28 to 30 recto and 8: 14 to 16 verso); a piece is torn from the top/ outer corner of Eee5 (Ecclesiastic us 40/41, removing part of the top line of the outer column of text recto and of 2 lines verso; there is a repair to the outer margin of Fff iiii; the bottom outer margins of Lll 4-6 are uncut and the headlines at the top are shaved. there is about a half dollar size stain in the middle of ooo ii-7 (Luke 16-23), with a small hole to ii (affecting a couple letters of text) and to 7 (affecting several words of text recto and verso); Ppp6 & 7 (John 13/14 & 15/16) have a similar problem, though 6 is worse than 7; there are two small holes to Rrr i (Acts 14/15, leaf 497) just affecting the text; there is a small paper flaw hole affecting a letter or two of several words of text recto & verso; a piece is torn from the top margin of Sss iiii (Romans 8 & 10, leaf 505), affecting the headline and several letters of text, recto & verso; a small paper flaw hole to the middle of Uuu i affects a couple letters of text of II Corinthians 12 recto and of the argument at the beginning Galatians, verso. There is occasional dampstaining throughout; the margins, aside from the noted qualifications above, are very good throughout. ***Herbert 243, with the NT title dated 1597; BOUND IN is The two right profitable Concordances... London: the Deputies of Christopher Barker, n.d. (neither the title nor the colophon at the rear is dated, though it's most likely to have been printed contemporaneously with the Bible itself). ***The minor defects noted notwithstanding, essentially a good, virtually complete copy of a late 16th century black letter Geneva Bible. SOLD
7) The Bible: ... London: the Deputies of Christopher Barker, Printer to the Queenes most excellent Maiestie, 1599. 4to, original calf over oak boards, with brass center & corner pieces, with brass catches (but no clasps), fairly recently rebacked, with most of the (worn) original spine laid down, including a defective old label; later marbled endpapers; repairs to outer margin of the two preliminary leaves and to the bottom outer corner & margin of first leaf of Genesis (which is somewhat soiled), affecting a few letters of the sidenotes; outer edges of first two quires of Genesis slightly abraded; there is a closed tear to Diiii (Genesis 15), a bit crudely repaired, affecting a word or two of a sidenote recto; there is minor light dampstaining to the bottom margin, just touching the text on a few leaves in Numbers; paper flaw to bottom outer corner of Kk iiii (Isaiah 5) affecting a few letters of sidenote recto; there are what appear to be paper flaw tears to Mm iiii-7, closed tears to the outer column of 5-7 (internal tears in 6 & 7, but through the page edge in 5), but with small holes in 4, removing a few words of sidenotes and of text on a couple lines recto & verso (Isaiah 48/9); the outer margin is slightly creased and tender from Jeremiah (and a bit abraded in Daniel & the Minor Prophets, but nowhere affecting the sidenotes or text) through most of the NT, perhaps from resting on something for a long period of time; LACKS the NT title. The bottom outer corner of the preliminary leaf preceding Matthew 1 has a repair to the bottom outer corner, as does Kkk1 (Matthew 1), slightly affecting the sidenote; Kkk2 has a large upper outer corner torn away, removing most of the outer column of text (c. 25 lines) in Matthew 3 & 4; there is also a repair to the outer margin toward the bottom, again affecting the sidenotes. the NT is somewhat soiled, especially in the Gospels; Qqq3-6 are bound out of order (Actes 2-8). In a contemporary hand there are difficult to read notations on the recto of F6 & M8, the verso of Yy6 (the last page of Malachi). ***Herbert 247; unlike the roman letter editions of 1599, this was actually printed in that year. BOUND IN is the Two right profitable and fruitfull Concordances, or large and ample Tables Alphabeticall. London: the Deputies of Christopher Barker, n.d. AND The Whole Booke of Psalmes. Collected into English meetre, by Thomas Sternhold, John Hopkins, and others,... London: John Windet for the Assignes of Richard Daye, 1598. The margins are somewhat frayed throughout and the last two leaves of Prayers at the rear are missing, a minor repair to the next last leaf present and with repairs to the outer and bottom margins of the last leaf present. In a difficult contemporary hand, there are various marginal inscriptions in this Psalter: see the verso of a3 & of page 34, & on pages 48, 50, 63 & 78. ***There are ownership inscriptions in various places, including that of “william Rawling His Bible and His writing hand in 1682 Maccabees” on the verso of Ggg5, various signatures on the verso of the leaf facing Matthew 1 (and a note on Matthew 1 that Joyce Curley dyed on 27th July 1777), a 1674 William Rawling inscription on the verso of the Concordances (with Curley inscriptions below, 1754-1785; with similar inscriptions on the verso of the last leaf of the Concordances. $1750.
8) The Bible... London: 1600. 4to, newly rebacked; small fragment of general title
9) The Bible... London: Robert Barker, 1607. 4to, 18th century calf, somewhat worn & scuffed, newly rebacked; LACKS the general title (and with the NT title, inserted at the front, mounted and with a piece missing from the bottom outer corner, affecting the engravings of the bottom two apostles, bound at the front in its place) AND Fff3-6 (Tobit 2:31-I Maccabees 3: 31); many headlines in the OT are shaved or cropped; the outer margins of Cc4 & 5 are trimmed as a result of the pages being bound in at a slight angle, with the result that the outer letter or two of the sidenotes are shaved away,. There is a paper flaw to the bottom outer corner of Hh8 (Proverbs 16), removing a few words of sidenotes recto & verso; the verso of Kk2 (the first page of Isaiah) is stained; the outer margin is torn from Yy8 (I Esdras 2-4), removing a few letters from c. 7 lines of text and all sidenotes, and from Ccc8 (the Wisdom of...the sonne of Sirach), removing a few letters from 2 lines of text and all sidenotes; the top outer is cut from Fff7, removing the page number and the top line of the sidenotes recto; the top outer corner is torn from Mmm3 (Mark 8) removing some lines of sidenote and some words of headline; there is a bit of normal staining & soiling throughout, though generally the text is good with good margins. ***Herbert 290; a black letter quarto: BOUND IN is the Two right profitable and fruitfull Concordances, or large and simple Tables Alphabeticall. London: Robert Barker, 1607. with three 17th century ownership inscriptions on the blank facing the title (1634, 1656 & 1661), a goodly number of 17th century inscriptions in the margins, 18th century inscriptions at the end of the Apocrypha and one from 1812 as well. There is also an inserted page pertaining an 18th century 'Howie' family and another at the rear, plus 6 further MS pages pertaining to a late 18th century 'Hunt' family. $1250.
10) The Bible... London: Robert Barker, 1608. 4to, contemporary paneled calf, newly rebacked & recornered; later endpapers; the general title is somewhat soiled, with the top and outer margins a little frayed (slightly affecting the woodcut general title at the top); LACKS the preliminary leaf between the title and Genesis 1; there is some dampstaining toward the top of the inner margin into I Samuel; outer margin of Hh4 & 5 slightly frayed, just touching sidenotes (Proverbs 1-7); sidenotes also slightly shaved on the verso of Mm5 (Isaiah 51/2); closed tear into text on Pp8 (Jeremiah 49/50); Iii2 (the last leaf of the Apocrypha) defective & loose & torn, slightly affecting text at top & decorative cartouche at bottom (evidently sometime extracted and folded, perhaps in relation to the ownership inscriptions on the blank verso, the first of which reads ‘Jonathan bond his booke 1668’ (see also the verso of F1 and of the final leaf of the Concordances; the other inscriptions are dated 1830 & 1942); the outer margins of Ooo2 through 7 are slightly frayed, but not touching the sidenotes; the headlines are occasionally shaved, but the text generally is in quite good condition throughout. There are what appear to be 17th century ownership inscriptions to the inner margins of the recto of D8 and E1. ***Herbert 293; a black letter quarto Geneva, complete apart from the missing preliminary leaf; BOUND IN is Two right profitable and fruitfull Concordances, ... London: Robert Barker, 1608. The outer margin of E4 is shaved, touching the text. AND The Whole Booke of Psalmes. Collected into English Meeter, by Thomas Sternehold, Iohn Hopkins, and others... London: the Companie of Stacioners, 1609. With two of the leaves of Prayers inserted loosely and one (I think) missing at the rear, though the final leaf is present; an almost complete Psalter, with some old ownership inscriptions in the margins. SOLD
10A) The Bible. ... London: Robert Barker, 1608. 4to, old (late 19th/early 20th century) half morocco; considerable worming to the rear hinge, not affecting the soundness of the binding; there is a small piece missing from the top inner corner of the title, slightly affecting the border of the top panel of the engraved title, with slight repairs to the top margin of the following two leaves; repair to bottom margin at outer corner of Mm6, affecting a word of the marginal note verso; top outer corner of Pp and Oo (Jeremiah 32-Ezekiel 4) defective & repaired, very slightly affecting sidenotes & headlines on 9 leaves; there are a few marginal repairs toward the end of the Apocrypha; the headlines are occasionally shaved or cropped from Genesis to Kings and, again, on a few leaves in the NT (seemingly the consequence of resewing when the Bible was last rebound (possibly the top margin was slightly decayed and trimmed as a consequence, but as the trimming is not uniform for the whole text bloc it’s more likely whatever trimming which has taken place took place earlier); Lll2-8 have the outer margins trimmed. shaving the sidenotes on 2-5 Matthew 18-27); the top outer corner of Ooo2 is repaired, affecting a couple letters of the headline; the outer margins of Ppp4 & 5 are a bit frayed & repaired (John 10-12); the top outer corner of Uuu2 is torn away, removing part of the first letter of the headline verso; the sidenotes verso of Xxx5 are shaved; there is a minor repair to the top outer margin of the final leaf of Revelation. ***Herbert 293; there is a note in an old hand on the verso of the last leaf of Malachi, reading: “Custom hath made it necessary (among some people) to find up the following Apocrypha with the Word of God; But truth requires that it be observed it is no part thereoff.” ***A complete black letter Geneva in a good, sound though modern binding. SOLD
10B) The Bible. ... London: Robert Barker, 1608. 4to, worn 19th century calf, sometime rebacked with old ornately gilt spine/ label laid down; top outer corner of front cover repaired; all edges dyed red; marbled endpapers. Some headlines are shaved or cropped through Exodus, but otherwise the margins are good throughout the whole of the Bible. There is a small burn hole in the margin of Z5, affecting a few letters of sidenotes recto & verso; there is a closed tear into the text at the top of Hh2 (Psalms 143/4); the top outer corner is torn from Yy5, removing the page number and a couple words/letters from 5/6 lines of sidenotes, recto & verso (Zechariah 14/Malachi 1); there is a paper flaw to the bottom outer corner of Lll5, affecting sidenotes recto & verso (Matthew 25/6). The very minor defects noted, a complete copy, with the text in very good condition throughout. ***Herbert 294; black letter. BOUND IN is Two right profitable and fruitfull Concordances, ... London: Robert Barker, 1608. A good, complete copy. ***With the bookplate of the “Bruce Collection of Early Printed Books, and of Works on the History of Printing (of which this is one) [which] was gathered by George Bruce and his son David Wolfe Bruce, type-founders of this city and was by this son given to the Grolier Club of the City of New York, in the month of July 1894.” $2250.
11) The Bible... London: Robert Barker, 1608/1610. 4to, contemporary blindstamped paneled calf, with brass corner & centerpieces, lacking clasps but with catches and pieces to hold the clasps, over oak boards, newly and attractively rebacked, with a label. The top outer corner is torn from Gg6 (Psalm 119) removing the page number recto and a word of the headline and several words of the top sidenote verso; a small strip is torn from the outer top margin of Hh4 (Proverbs 2 & 3), affecting the top of a word of the headline and the page number recto and most of two words of the headline verso; there is a minor repair to the blank bottom margin of Kk4; there is a small closed tear into the text at the top of Xx1; the bottom outer corner of Fff4 (Susanna 10) is torn away, removing most of the catchword recto; there is a stain to the bottom outer corner of the NT title and a piece is torn from that and the following 3 leaves (which precede Matthew 1), just touching the border of the title on the first and a couple sidenotes on the second, but only the blank margin on the other two; there is a closed tear to the bottom inner margin of Lll1 (Matthew 18/19); there is a very dark round stain (ink?; c. 15mm) toward the top of Mmm6 verso & Mmm7 recto (with a little bleed through on the other side of each) (Mark 14: 2/3 & 67/68) affecting a few words of text and sidenotes; a strip is torn from the top of Yyy2 (Hebrews 9: 19/10: 7-9 recto & 29/30 & 11: 6/7 verso, extending from almost to the inner edge of the inner column of text to the outer margin, removing the book title and the outer headline (& page number), some words from the top 3 lines of the inner column of text (recto & verso), all of the top 4 lines, most of the 5th, 3 words from the 6th and 1 from the 7th plus 2½ words of a sidenote from the outer column recto and virtually all of the top 4 lines, and some words from the next 3, together with 6 full lines and half of a seventh of a sidenote verso. ***There are 18th century ownership (?) inscriptions inside the front & rear covers (‘Shepard’), with the initials ‘WS’ on the bottom edge of the text. There are other 18th century ownership inscriptions/ genealogical notes on the verso of the last leaf of the Apocrypha, on the verso of the NT title and on the recto of the last of the preliminary leaves prior to Matthew 1. There are also occasional notes in an old hand throughout (e.g., the verso of O2, the recto of Ff3, dated 1845, the verso of Mm8, dated 1837 (?), the verso of Ss1, the recto of Nnn8. ***perhaps Herbert 293 with a 1610 title: the text of the NT seems to be virtually identical to that of 293; BOUND IN is Two right profitable and fruitfull Concordances, ... London: Robert Barker, 1608. The bottom outer corner is torn from K8, affecting a couple inches of text, recto & verso); the final 2 leaves (L1 & 2) are repaired to the inner margin and have slight textual defects. Many pages have partial Scriptural references written out in the bottom margin. There is a 1711 ownership inscription on the verso of the title, as well as a variety of Scriptural texts. $2250.
12) The Bible... London: Robert Barker, 1611. 4to, worn old calf, no general title
The Bible... London: Robert Barker, 1611. 4to, 17th century paneled calf, somewhat worn but still sound; lacks general title & the following preliminary leaf; a small piece is torn from the outer margin of B2 (removing some words from a sidenote recto & verso); LACKS L4 & 5 (Deuteronomie 31: 8-Joshua 1: 4); there are 2 small paper flaw holes in O6, slightly affecting the text (I Samuel 1); the inner margins of Bb1 & 2 are torn with loss, removing some of the sidenotes on both leaves and just touching the edge of the text (Nehemiah 11- Esther 1) and Bb3 through Cc5 (Esther 1: 21- Job 31: 39) are missing; collation incomplete from yellow tab several leaves replaced from other old Bibles; other minor defects. ***Herbert 308, black letter; BOUND IN at the front is a defective Book of Common Prayer AND, following the NT, the Two right profitable and fruitfull Concordances, ... London: Robert Barker, 1611 AND The Whole Booke of Psalmes. Collected into English Meeter, by Thomas Sternehold, Iohn Hopkins, and others... London: for the Company of Stationers, 1612 (lacks all after Psalm 90 and with parts of 2 leaves torn away). ***Generally a good copy; with 17th century genealogical inscriptions (including notes on the blank verso of the final leaf of the BCP, now facing Genesis 1) and partly torn away, including one recording the marriage of Hugh Penfold in 1677.
13) The Bible: ... London: Robert Barker, 1614. 4to, worn original calf (with worn gilt center devices on both covers), sometime rebacked & recornered in morocco, with original spine laid down; original dual working brass clasps (though with what looks like later morocco holding the clasps); a substantial piece is torn from the bottom of R4 (I Kings 1) removing recto & verso most of the bottom 14 lines of the outer column and some words from the bottom 10 lines of the inner column; the bottom outer corner of Mm3 (Isaiah 45) is torn away, affecting sidenotes recto & verso (both of these are neatly repaired); the bottom outer corner of Hh8 (Proverbs 16) is defective (perhaps a paper flaw) and repaired, affecting a few words of the sidenotes; there is occasional damage to the outer margin, about 2¾” down from the top, from toward the end of Chronicles through about the middle of the Apocrypha, looking as if some relatively sharp object was thrust into the text bloc (perhaps something with multiple prongs): these do not extend into the Biblical text proper and are mostly neatly repaired: Z3-5, Dd7-Ee3, Ff3-Gg4, Mm1-3, Pp3, Rr1-4, Rr7, Ss1—TT5, Uu4, Xx2-6, Zz5-Aaa3. With these qualifications, generally a very nice, almost complete Geneva Bible, with a few headlines shaved, but mostly with very good margins and with the text relatively clean and crisp throughout. ***Herbert 330; a black letter Geneva, with the NT title dated 1613; BOUND IN is The Book of Common Prayer, with the Psalter, or Psalmes of David, Of that Translation which is appointed to be used in Churches. London: Robert Barker, 1613 (title mounted & a bit soiled; there is a light half-moon dampstain toward the rear) AND (at the rear) Two right profitable and fruitfull Concordances, or large and ample Tables Alphabeticall. London: Robert Barker, 1613. (the marginal references are shaved on a few pages; there are MS notations in a 17th century hand on both recto & verso of the title) AND The Whole Booke of Paslmes [sic]. Collected into English Meeter, by Thomas Sternhold, Iohn Hopkins, and others,... London: for the Company of Stationers, 1614. (with marginal repairs to A4 & 5, on the former affecting a few letters recto and, verso, some words on 8 lines of the text of the Creede of Athanasius put into English poetry and set to music; on A5 it is only the blank margin which is affected; the final leaves have repairs to the blank margins/ corners, but the final leaf is defective as to both table and colophon). ***There is a note on the recto of the leaf preceding Matthew 1 to the effect that Jane Hellier Widow died the ii day of March 1654 and there are 1668 and 1674 notations as well; there is what seems to be an earlier inscription “Lawrence Hellier his Bibelle” in the bottom margin of Xx3. $2500.
14) Gen21. The Bible... London: Robert Barker, 1614. 4to, old reversed calf, paneled in blind; lacks front endpapers; top & side margins a bit frayed on first 8 leaves of Genesis, slightly affecting the headlines; marginal defects to Nn, affecting sidenotes on several leaves, and a burn hole on Nn2 & 3, affecting several words on about 7 lines of text; a couple gatherings are slightly pulled, headlines occasionally shaved or cropped (on one or two leaves into the top line of text); some soiling throughout. LACKS the first two of the 3 intermediate leaves between the NT title and Matthew 1. ***Herbert 330; a black letter Geneva; with ownership inscriptions of Samuel Atkinson, 1706 BOUND IN is the Two right profitable and fruitfull Concordances,... London: Robert Barker, 1613. ***Still generally a good copy of the Geneva Bible. $1250.
15) The Bible... London: Robert Barker, 1615. 4to, original early 17th century morocco, somewhat worn (but in a sense more mellowed than anything else); lacks clasps; some gatherings pulled with edges a bit frayed. **Herbert 319; the last black letter quarto Geneva; BOUND IN is Two right profitable and fruitfull Concordances,... London: Robert Barker, 1615 [very unusually bound between the Apocrypha & the NT] AND The Whole Booke of Psalmes, ... London: E.G. for the Company of Stationers, 1639. (last leaf soiled) NOT COLLATED