[Geneva Bible] The Bible. Translated according to the Ebrew and Greeke, and conferred with the best translations in diuers languages. &c. Imprinted at London : By Robert Barker, printer to the Kings most excellent Maiestie, 1608.
The Geneva version, translated by William Whittingham, Anthony Gilby, Thomas Sampson, and perhaps others. Darlow & Moule 294, STC 2203. Collates , 1-105, 107-136, 145-366, 369-435 , 554. Both OT & NT titles present. Several leaves with closed tears, chips and burn marks. Cropped close to running heads in places.
A defective ‘Book of Common Prayer’ precedes the Bible itself.[bound with] After the main text of the Bible is ‘Revelation of St. John’ D&M 261, 1-22,pp published in 1600 with a colophon. Leaf 17/18 cut in half horizontally. [bound with] Two right profitable and fruitful Concordances [&c.] issued with this Bible and published in 1608 by Robert F Herrey (probably the pseud. of Robert Harrison). Colophon dated 1608. [bound with] The Whole Booke of Psalmes STC 2526. , 1-77 Lacks all after to 91p and .
The binding is in full contemporary leather, restored and invisibly relaid. Blind stamped with central lozenges to front and rear board which appear to have been originally metal pieces as there are 4 holes to hold a badge in place. There are 4 of the original bosses (2 on the front and 2 on the rear) at the head. Clasps are missing. There is a lovely patina of original early C17th about the binding with rubbing where the book was handled over time.