A leaf from the 1568 First Edition of the Bishops Bible. These leaves are well over 450 years old. The Church of England throughout history has authorized three versions of the Bible: The first was the 1539 Great Bible. As those Bibles were then getting close to 30 years old, the next generation of English Authorized Bibles was the 1568 Bishops Bible. Finally, as those Bibles were then getting to be over 40 years old, the next and final step was the 1611 King James Bible… the only one still actively published today. No collection is complete without a Bishops leaf.
These leaves are from Pulpit folios, quite large, measuring between 15 and 16 inches tall by between 10 and 11 inches wide. They were printed on 100% rag cotton linen sheet, not wood-pulp paper like books today, so they remain in excellent condition… even after over 450 years. Each leaf is a unique piece of ancient artwork, carefully produced by the King’s printers, one at a time using a movable-type press, and later bound together into whole Bibles. These genuine original antiquities are very rare and precious pieces of our history and our Christian heritage. Each leaf comes with beautiful Certificates of Authenticity. Imagine… having a favorite passage of scripture from the Bible that was later revised to become the famous King James Bible: the Bishops Bible.
The Forbidden Book Three Leaf Set
Geneva, King James, and Psalter Leaf
“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 can provide on our website’s English Bible History page. 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 either three or four genuine original ancient Bible Leaves inside 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 three ancient Bible Leaves. You get a page from an original King James Bible printed before 1650, a page from a Geneva Bible printed before 1644, and a page from an ancient Psalter Hymnal of the 1500s with musical staves and diamond-shaped music notes.