1551 Tyndale New Testament
Leaves from Taverner’s Bibles are scarce because very few Taverner’s Bibles were ever printed. The Taverner’s Bible ultimately became a curious footnote in history and printing that very few knew existed. Taverner’s 1551 printing contained all of William Tyndale’s translated New Testament. Even 15 years after his martyrdom, Tyndale’s work was and still is today highly valued and respected.
1569 Bishops’ Bible
This leaf is from a Second edition, now first printed in quarto, of the Bishops’ version. Printed during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.
The Bishops’ Bible is an English translation of the Bible that was produced under the authority of the established Church of England in 1568. It was substantially revised in 1572, and this revised edition was to be prescribed as the base text for the Authorized King James Version of 1611.
The promoter of the exercise and the leading figure in translating was Matthew Parker, Archbishop of Canterbury, who was also Queen Elizabeth’s personal tutor.