The very first translation of the scriptures into the English Language was done in the 1380’s by John Wycliffe, who is called “The Morning Star of the Reformation”. Because he lived nearly a century before the 1455 invention of the printing press, his New Testaments and Bibles were of course, hand-written manuscripts. Wycliffe is also credited with being the inventor of bifocal eyeglasses (necessity being the mother of invention), though history tends to more frequently credit Ben Franklin with improving upon Wycliffe’s invention of bifocals.
Wycliffe’s hand-written manuscripts of the English scriptures are very challenging to read, but being the very first English scripture translation (albeit a translation from the Latin, and not the original Biblical languages), the Wycliffe translation is extremely historically important. For this reason, in the 1731, a reprint of Wycliffe’s circa 1378 manuscript was produced in modern easier-to-read type. It preserves the original Middle-English spellings and wordings 100% faithfully, but it simply makes the text easier to read by rendering the text as typeface, rather than being hand-written.
Most importantly; this 1731 publication of Wycliffe’s circa 1378 translation of the scripture in English is the first printed edition of the first English translation of God’s Word! It is an extremely important milestone in printing history, and Biblical history. Only 160 copies of this book were printed in 1731, and fewer than 10 of them are known to exist today. They are valued at close to $100,000 each. You can own a beautiful copy of the first printed edition of the first English translation of the scriptures for a tiny fraction of that cost.
This facsimile reproduction measures approximately 12 inches tall & 8 inches wide by just under 1 inch thick, and is bound in bonded leather.
NOTE: This 1378 / 1731 Wycliffe New Testament facsimile is no longer available, however… a full color high resolution digital edition of the hand-written Wycliffe NT manuscript of 1390, and this first printed edition Wycliffe NT of 1731, are both available for free online access at BIBLES-ONLINE.NET