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Special Bible Leaves for Collectors

1539-40 Great Bible | 1539/51 Taverner Bible | 1560 Geneva Bible | 1578 Geneva Pulpit Bible
1568 Bishop's Bible | 1582 Rheims N.T. | 1663 Eliot Bible | 1709 First English in America
1782 Aitken Bible
| Hebrew Torah Scroll Panels | 1455 Gutenberg Bible



1539-40 Great Bible Leaf The 1539-40 Great Bible:
The First "Authorized" English Bible


A leaf from the first English language Bible fully authorized (not illegal) by the King. These leaves are over 470 years old. Not to be confused with the “Authorized Version”, as it is frequently called, of 1611 by King James… these leaves are instead the much earlier version that was authorized by King Henry the Eighth, founder of the Church of England (“Anglican Church”). Called the “Great Bible” due to its great size, this is England’s first “official” printing of the Bible.

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1539-40 Great Bible Leaf The 1539 Taverner Tyndale Bible:

A leaf from the first edition of the Taverner’s revision of the 1537 Matthew-Tyndale Bible, produced by Richard Taverner in 1539. It is this translation that first introduced such words as “parable” and ‘passover” and other terms still in use. These leaves are over 470 years old. Leaves from Taverner’s Bibles are extremely rare, because very few Taverner’s Bibles were ever printed.


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1560 Geneva Bible Leaf The 1560 Geneva Bible:
The First Edition / First Printing


A leaf from the very first press run of the famous Geneva Bible. These leaves are over 450 years old. They cost more than our “pre-1644” Geneva Leaves (in the Most Affordable Leaves section) because these leaves are from the 1560 printing, and we know that for our most discriminating customers… only a FIRST printing will do. The Bible of the Pilgrims and Puritans, the first to give scripture numbered verses or commentary notes, the product of John Calvin and John Knox; the Geneva Bible is quoted in Shakespeare’s plays hundreds of times.

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1578 Geneva Bible Leaf The 1578 Geneva Pulpit Bible:
The First Large Pulpit-Sized Geneva Bible


A leaf from the First Edition of a large “pulpit folio” sized printing of the famous Geneva Bible. These leaves are over 430 years old. If you love the history and significance of the Geneva Bible, but wish that you could get a Geneva leaf that is really BIG (like our most popular 1611 King James First Edition Leaves), this is the leaf you seek. This is the first Geneva Bible printed specifically for the church pulpit; a grand display piece twice the size of all our other Geneva Bible leaves.

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1568 Bishop's Bible Leaf The 1568 Bishop's Bible:
The "Rough Draft" of the King James Version


A leaf from the 1568 First Edition of the Bishops Bible. These leaves are over 440 years old. The Church of England throughout history has authorized three versions of the Bible: The first, was the 1539 Great Bible. As those Bibles were then getting close to 30 years old, the next generation of English Authorized Bibles was the 1568 Bishops Bible. Finally, as those Bibles were then getting to be over 40 years old, the next and final step was the 1611 King James Bible… the only one still actively published today. No collection is complete without a Bishops leaf.

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1582 Rheims New Testament Leaf The 1582 Rheims New Testament:
The First English Roman Catholic Scriptures


A leaf from the 1582 First Edition of the Rheims New Testament. These leaves are over 430 years old. So… the Anglicans are printing their Great, Bishops, and King James versions… and the Protestants are printing their Tyndale and Geneva versions… finally in 1582 the Roman Catholics throw in the towel, retracting their official policy of “kill anyone who prints the Bible in English” which they held to for over 1,000 years. Hey, if you can’t beat them , join them, right? Translated exclusively from the Latin Vulgate at Rheims. A great gift for your Catholic friends.

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1663 Eliot Bible Leaf The 1663 Eliot Bible:
The First Bible Printed in America


A leaf from John Eliot’s Algonquin (Native American “Indian” language) Bible. These leaves are three-and-a-half centuries old. Many people are shocked to discover that the first Bible printed in America was not English… or any other European language. In fact, English and European language Bibles would not be printed in America until a century later! Eliot’s Bible did much more than bring the Gospel to the pagan natives who were worshiping creation rather than the Creator… it gave them literacy, as they did not have a written language of their own until this Bible was printed for them.

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1663 Eliot Bible Leaf The 1709 Algonquin English :
The First English Printed in America


A leaf from the first English Scripture printed on American soil. In 1709, in Boston, Massachusetts, a small Diglot (a parallel-column printing) of The Book of Psalms & Gospel of John, in both English and Massachusetts Algonquin, was produced for Christians to use in evangelizing the Native Americans. This collection of leaves are from The Book of Psalms and come with a free gift.

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1782 Bible Leaf The 1782 Aitken Bible:
The First English Bible Printed in America


A leaf from the first Bible printed in the English language in America. These leaves are over 230 years old. Called “The Bible of the Revolution”, Robert Aitken’s little Bible was small enough to fit into the coat pocket of the Revolutionary War soldiers. The only Bible printing ever called for by an act of the United States Congress; this King James Version Bible helped met the need for scriptures while England refused to allow their Bibles to be imported by the rebellious colonists. These little treasures come with a lovely black leather presentation book detailing their history.

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Ancient Hebrew Torah Scroll Panel Ancient Hebrew Torah Scroll Panels:

A panel of leather from an incomplete ancient Hebrew Torah Scroll of the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Old Testament). These hand-written, one-of-a-kind pieces are approximately 200 to 300 years old. They were produced in various scriptoriums of the Middle East and Europe. These are pieces of the same type of “Bible” that Jesus read, and quite possibly from the same scriptorium! They are available as approx. 18” tall segments of any length you desire from 10 inches to 10 feet or more!

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1455 Gutenberg Bible Leaf The 1455 Gutenberg Bible:
The First Book Ever Printed


A leaf from the First Edition / First Printing of the first thing ever printed in history! These Latin Bible leaves were printed in Germany over 550 years ago. Civilization’s first book: it simply does not get any older than this. These are the very first pages to ever come off a printing press, by its inventor, John Gutenberg. Beautifully accented in red and blue inks, with black text, this is the most rare and valuable printed material in the world. An entire 1455 Gutenberg Bible would likely fetch around $100 Million. Our leaves cost less than one one-thousandth of that price.

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