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1561 Great Bible
, Item #GRT1561

Ancient Bible

The 1561 “Great” Bible

Truly a rarity! The "Great" Bible printed in a not-so-"great" size: measuring only 7 by 5 1/2 inches, and bound in three volumes. An exquisite binding of the smoothest and finest leather, with gold stamping. This obscure printing is the only one known to be for sale in the world.

The First Elizabethan Edition of the “Great” Bible

[Bible in English.] The Byble in Englyshe, that is to say, The contente of all the holy Scripture, both of the olde, and newe Testamente. Accordynge to the translation that is appointed to be red in the Churches. Anno. M.D.LX. [London: Jhon Cawoode, colophon dated 1561]
Small quarto. Bound in three volumes. General title-page provided in facsimile. Lacks its preliminaries. Starts on A1, incipit of Genesis. Vol. 1: A-Z8 [B1 chipped into text; B2 chipped fore-margin] Aa8 Bb8 Cc6. Vol. 1: a-r8 s1 (s1v explicit of Malachi (and OT)). Vol. 3: s2-8 t-z8 [t8 with small chip] &8 aa8 bb8 cc9 [10, a blank, excised] AA-MM8 [BB1 with short tear; EE3 with corner chip] NN6.
Trimmed a little close, touching side notes. Some toning. Some light damp and other staining, but less than expected.
Modern full black morocco, gilt.

Hugely significant as the first “Great” Bible published in the fresh reign of Queen Elizabeth (accession in late 1558) -- who reversed the Counter-Reformation Catholic laws of her predecessor, her half-sister Mary, and re-established the Church of England, separate from Rome and a Protestant Church. This is the first Bible printed in England under Elizabeth and the first since 1553 (the year of the accession of Mary).


Please Note:  This is a low-resolution photo, which shows the format, but makes reading the text nearly impossible.  In reality, the text of these Bibles is large enough and clear enough to read very easily. 

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Just The Facts

Item # GRT1561

Size: 7 x 5.5 x 1
Font: Gothic

Additional Features:

Full Calf
End Papers: Marble

Appraisal Value: $65,000

Inventory List Price: $55,000

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