Two 1597 Geneva Bible Leaves (2nd Thessalonians Rapture Passage)
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Title: Two 1597 Geneva Bible Leaves (2nd Thessalonians Rapture Passage)
Description: This sale is for two 1597 Geneva Bible Leaves that was printed by Deputies of Christopher Barker, London. These particular leaves contain 1 Thessalonians 3:10b - 1 Timothy1:11a. They also contain the entire book of 2nd Thessalonians and the famous rapture passage of 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.
From 1560, the Geneva Bible became the Bible of choice for over 100 years of English speaking Christians. Between 1560 and 1644 at least 144 editions of this Bible were published. The Geneva Bible was the first Bible taken to America, brought over on the Mayflower. It is the Bible upon which early America and its government was founded.
Printers such as C. Barker reprinted Bibles to meet the demand so the quarto edition of 1580 was reprinted at least 36 times. Only if you have the original title page can you identify which version a leaf is from. The seller noted that this came from a 1594 edition, but the type dimensions actually make it a 1597 edition. Printed in 9-point black letter, double column, 71 lines per column. Sidenotes and commentary in 7-pt Roman type; chapter summaries in tiny 6-pt italics. [Herbert 234]
Size: measures about 8 X 10 3/4 and will come with a certificate of authenticity.
Condition: This leaf is in good antiquarian condition with some soiling/browning.