The Geneva Bible was the “Bible of the Protestant Reformation” and the Bible of the Puritans and Pilgrims. It was the first Bible taken to America, brought over on the Mayflower. The Geneva Bible is the Bible upon which America was founded. You can imagine, most early American colonists, who were fleeing the religious oppression of the Anglican Church (Church of England), wanted nothing to do with the King James Bible of the Anglican Church!
Textually, the Geneva Bible offered several radical never-before-seen changes: It was the first Bible in English to add numbered verses to each chapter of scripture. Also, the Geneva was the first Bible to introduce easier-to-read “Roman Style Typeface” rather than the “Gothic Blackletter Style Typeface,” which had been used exclusively in earlier Bibles. Another curious innovation; the Geneva was the first “Study Bible” with extensive commentary notes in the margins.
The Geneva Bible is the version quoted from hundreds of times by William Shakespeare in his plays. Also called the “Breeches Bible,” the Geneva Bible is the only Bible ever able to outsell and exceed the popularity of the King James Bible, as it did in the early 1600s until its printing ceased in 1644. One of the greatest ironies of history is that Protestants of all denominations today embrace the King James Version of the Bible (which reads 90% the same as the Geneva), even though the King James Version is not a Protestant Bible (it’s Anglican / Church of England). Most Protestants have never even heard of the Bible of their own heritage: the Geneva Bible. It was produced by John Calvin, John Knox, Myles Coverdale, John Foxe, & other English refugees in ever-neutral Geneva, Switzerland… fleeing the persecution of Roman Catholic Queen “Bloody” Mary in England. Mary would not tolerate the Protestant Geneva Bible, which proclaimed the Pope an “antichrist” in its commentary notes.
Both the Regular and the Deluxe Editions of the 1560 Geneva Facsimile Reproduction are the same on the inside and are the same size, measuring approximately 11 inches tall by 8.75 inches wide by 3.25 inches thick. The Regular Edition is bound in hardcover burgundy bonded leather with gold stamping along the spine. The Deluxe Edition is bound in the finest grade of deep chocolate full-grain calf leather over thick wood boards. The covers and spine of the Deluxe Edition are intricately blind-stamped with elaborate decorative designs, and the spine features five raised bands with burgundy leather labels beautifully gold-stamped. These facsimiles are identical to the genuine original 1560 First Edition / First Printing of the Geneva Bible, an example of which is available in the Gold Room of our Ancient Rare Bibles & Books section for tens of thousands of dollars. However, we took the liberty of doing a photographic enlargement of the actual size of the type on each page to 125% the size of the original to make the small commentary notes in the margins easier to read.
This high-quality 1560 First Edition Geneva Bible facsimile should not be confused with another facsimile published many years ago, of the much later “1599” Geneva version, which is not a First Edition, does not contain all the books of the Bible (no Apocrypha like the 1560 and all other printings have), does not contain the original unaltered commentary notes, and is printed in type so very small as they make the notes almost illegible! Ours is a MUCH nicer and more complete production.
You may also be interested to know that, upon examining the remarkable quality of our 1560 Geneva Bible reproduction, bestselling author and theologian Dr. R.C. Sproul decided to offer it in his “Ligonier Ministries Catalog” in a special two-page featured spread. I believe that you will agree that this important “Bible of the Protestant Reformation” is a must-have for your library, mainly if your theological views are of the Reformed tradition. The ancient commentary notes alone provide hours of fascinating insight into the scriptures from the Protestant Reformation’s greatest theologians.
Back in print for the first time in centuries… nearly forgotten for over 350 years…all but drowned out by the Anglican Church’s much younger and more “politically correct” King James Version of 1611… reclaim your Protestant heritage by reading the Bible translated by Protestants for Protestants: the 1560 Geneva Bible.
1611 King James Bible Deluxe Facsimiles Editions we offer… this one is far and away the most popular and best seller. Just like the more expensive “Super Deluxe” edition, this much more affordable “Deluxe” edition also measures the exact size of the original 1611 printing: an enormous 17 ½ inches tall by 12 inches wide by 5 ½ inches thick (including its slipcase), and weighing a whopping 30 pounds. We even faithfully reproduced the small quantity of decorative red ink in the prefatory section.
Constructed of the highest grade of beautifully grained burgundy-brown Italian “Fiscagomma Leatherette” (the best imitation leather in the world – actually stronger than real leather), it has a thick, soft, supple texture and a look so much like real leather; everyone who examines it in our showroom is shocked when we tell them its not real leather. Many people insist that we must be mistaken because after handling it they remain convinced that it is an excellent grade of genuine leather. We challenge you to see if you can tell the difference between Fiscagomma Leatherette and real full-grain leather… honestly, not one in a hundred people would question whether or not it was real leather. You’ve got to see it and touch it to believe it. In fact, simply substituting this beautiful “leather-alternative” binding material, enables us to reduce the price dramatically… from $995… down to just $379… for what is essentially the same book in size and content!”
If you want a huge full-size exact replica of the original 1611 King James Pulpit Folio First Edition, in a beautiful binding, and a price so low you could even buy extra copies as gifts … this is the one.
Our Reduced-Size Regular Edition Facsimile Reproduction of the 1611 First Edition King James Bible measures approximately 11 inches tall by 8.75 inches wide by 3.5 inches thick, and weighs about 10 pounds. (So actually… it’s still a fairly large and heavy book). The binding is hardcover black imitation leather with gold stamping along the spine. Each page was computer-scanned from the original, and printed on heavy cream paper. In a much more manageable “medium-folio” size, rather than the original “giant pulpit folio” size, it remains otherwise an exact photographic duplicate of the very first press run of the world’s most beloved book.
The Forbidden Book Leaf-Book is for those who want an understanding of how we got the English Bible that is deeper and more detailed than we are able to provide in our video, or on the English Bible History page of our website. This 110-page spiral-bound book is the full syllabus for those who attend our two-day series of eight one-hour lectures at our Bible History Symposium. It also contains a set of three genuine original ancient Bible Leaves inside plastic protective sleeves bound into the book, which many people choose to remove and frame.
This scholarly yet entertaining volume gives you “The Big Picture”. Featuring an expanded historical timeline, and several full-color pages… this book is a wonderful addition to any Christian’s library and organized reference work that you will refer to again and again. The amazing story of the preservation of God’s Word throughout the centuries is so vividly brought to life; we think you will find it hard to put this book down.
The real treasure of this package is the set of two ancient Bible Leaves. You get a page from an original King James Bible printed before 1650, and a page from a Geneva Bible printed before 1644.