The 1578 First Large Pulpit Folio Geneva Bible had a special feature in its Psalms. The regular Geneva version of the Psalms was printed side-by-side in parallel columns with the Anglican Church’s 1539 Great Bible Psalter. One is in the Gothic Blackletter typeface, and the other in the Roman typeface. This is thought to have been due to the popularity and multi-generational familiarity of the Anglican Church’s rendering of the Psalms, even among the Protestants who embraced the Geneva Bible. This curious Parallel Psalter is only present in this one 1578 special pulpit folio edition of the Geneva Bible.
A leaf from the First Edition of a large “pulpit folio” sized printing of the famous Geneva Bible. These leaves are over 440 years old. If you love the history and significance of the Geneva Bible but wish that you could get a Geneva leaf that is really BIG (like our most popular 1611 King James First Edition Leaves), this is the leaf you seek. This is the first Geneva Bible printed specifically for the church pulpit, a grand display piece nearly twice the size of all our other Geneva Bible leaves. They measure approximately 13 inches tall by 9 to 10 inches wide. Each leaf comes with a beautiful Certificate of Authenticity.
These leaves were printed on 100% rag cotton linen sheet, not wood-pulp paper like books today, so they remain in excellent condition… even after over 400 years. Each leaf is a unique piece of ancient artwork, carefully produced 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.