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1560 Geneva Bible: First Edition
Textually, the Geneva Bible offered a number of radical never-before-seen changes: It was the first Bible in English to add numbered verses to each chapter of scripture. Also, the Geneva was the first Bible to introduce easier-to-read “Roman Style Typeface” rather than the “Gothic Blackletter Style Typeface” which had been used exclusively in earlier Bibles. Another curious innovation; the Geneva was the first “Study Bible” with extensive commentary notes in the margins.
The Geneva Bible is the version quoted from hundreds of times by William Shakespeare in his plays. Also called the “Breeches Bible”, the Geneva Bible is the only Bible ever able to outsell and exceed the popularity of the King James Bible, as it did in the early 1600’s until its printing ceased in 1644. In fact, one of the greatest ironies of history, is that Protestants of all denominations today embrace the King James Version of the Bible (which reads 90% the same as the Geneva), even though the King James Version is not a Protestant Bible (it’s Anglican / Church of England). Most Protestants have never even heard of the Bible of their own heritage: the Geneva Bible. It was produced by John Calvin, John Knox, Myles Coverdale, John Foxe, & other English refugees in ever-neutral Geneva, Switzerland… fleeing the persecution of Roman Catholic Queen “Bloody” Mary in England. Mary would not tolerate the Protestant Geneva Bible, which proclaimed the Pope an “antichrist” in its commentary notes.
Both the Regular and the Deluxe Editions of the 1560 Geneva Facsimile Reproduction are the same on the inside, and are the same size, measuring approximately 11 inches tall by 8.75 inches wide by 3.25 inches thick. The Regular Edition is bound in hardcover burgundy bonded leather with gold stamping along the spine. The Deluxe Edition is bound in the finest grade of deep chocolate full-grain calf leather over thick wood boards. The covers and spine of the Deluxe Edition are intricately blind-stamped with elaborate decorative designs, and the spine features five raised bands with burgundy leather labels beautifully gold-stamped. These facsimiles are exactly identical to the genuine original 1560 First Edition / First Printing of the Geneva Bible, an example of which is available in the Gold Room of our Ancient Rare Bibles & Books section for tens of thousands of dollars. We did, however, take the liberty of doing a photographic enlargement of the actual size of the type on each page to 125% the size of the original, to make the small commentary notes in the margins easier to read.
You may also be interested to know that, upon examining the remarkable quality of our 1560 Geneva Bible reproduction, bestselling author and theologian Dr. R.C. Sproul decided to offer it in his “Ligonier Ministries Catalog” in a special two-page featured spread. I believe that you will agree that this important "Bible of the Protestant Reformation" is a must-have for your library, particularly if your theological views are of the Reformed tradition. The ancient commentary notes alone provide hours of fascinating insight into the scriptures from the Protestant Reformation’s greatest theologians.
As you can see from the image of the spine, this Deluxe Edition is called the "Gibbor Edition". "Gibbor" is a Hebrew word meaning "Hero", and references the great heroes of the faith that produced the Geneva Bible in Switzerland, as refugees from the murderous reign of Queen "Bloody" Mary in England.
Back in print for the first time in centuries… nearly forgotten
for over 350 years…all but drowned-out by the Anglican Church’s
much younger and more “politically correct” King James Version
of 1611… reclaim your Protestant heritage by reading the Bible translated
by Protestants for Protestants: the 1560 Geneva Bible.
ITEM # FR-GBF-D: $495 - Deluxe Edition 1560 Geneva Bible Facsimile
SPECIAL BONUS: As our free gift to you, with your purchase of the Deluxe Edition of this facsimile; you will receive an early Geneva Bible Leaf, which will be a special “title page” leaf showing the opening and Chapter One of a Book of the Bible. These leaves normally sell for $99 each!
ITEM # FR-GBF: $95 - Regular Edition 1560 Geneva Bible Facsimile
SPECIAL BONUS: As our free gift to you, with your purchase of the Regular Edition of this facsimile; you will receive an early Geneva Bible Leaf. These leaves normally sell for $59 each!
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