Offered for the consideration of the serious Bible leaf collector is an original display study leaf from the first edition 1560 Geneva Bible accompanied by a fine art reproduction of its title page and a Certificate of Authenticity. 


The Geneva Bible was one of the results of the persecution under “bloody Mary." Several of the reformers had fled to Geneva, Switzerland, the home of Theodore Beza, the Biblical scholar, and of John Calvin, the theologian. Geneva was a free city, politically and religiously; dominated by Calvinism, the "cradle of the Reformed Faith". There had been no translation for 20 years, and the 5 versions issued in the reign of Henry VIII were practically the work of two men, William Tyndale and Myles Coverdale. These scholarly exiled reformers, along with Coverdale, who was then living at Geneva, John Knox, and others desired a translation corrected strictly by the Hebrew and Greek, and which might be brought up to a higher standard of scholarship, and also might have more of a Protestant flavor.


The New Testament appeared in 1557, and was probably the product of one man, William Whittingham, an Englishman of great learning, and related to John Calvin by marriage. It was a revision of Tyndale’s translation, with an Introduction by Calvin. It was the first to use the division of the text into numbered verses. The version of the entire Bible appeared in 1560, the work of English exiled reformers, assisted by Beza, Calvin, and possibly others. The Old Testament was based mainly upon the Great Bible, and the New Testament upon Whittingham’s translation.


All the above translations and revisions were revised from a careful collation of Hebrew and Greek originals, with the use of Latin versions, especially Beza's, and the standard French and German versions. It was dedicated to Queen Elizabeth, "in bold and simple language, without flattery or reserve." It used the verse divisions and italics, and was the first to omit the Apocrypha. The type face was changed from the black letter to the simple Roman type, and the book was small and handy. The explanatory notes were concise and sensible, somewhat Calvinistic in creed and government, but without controversial bitterness.


When King James I of England came to the thrown in 1604 he learned quickly that England was divided into three ecclesiastical factions each with a different translation of the Bible. 


(1) The Roman Catholics, small but dangerous, had suffered from the death of Mary, Queen of Scots, in 1587 and the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588.  But their influence was almost totally wiped out by the discovery and resultant failure of the Gunpowder Plot of 1605.  This was an attempt by notable Roman Catholics to blow up the House of Lords, destroying both king and government so that it could be replaced by Catholic rulers.  Guy Fawkes Day in England still commemorates this plot. The 1st English Catholic New Testament was printed in 1582 and the Old Testament in 1609/10.


(2) The Puritans, aggressive and growing in influence, disliked the prayer book and the episcopacy of the Anglican church, and practiced greater liberty in worship and church government.  Too, they wanted to break the despotic power of the king and place government in the hands of the people. Their translation of preference was the Genva Bible, 1st printed in 1560.


(3) The Anglican Church party, led by Richard Bancroft, Archbishop of Canterbury, and loyal to the king, stood for ideals which appealed to the new monarch. The Bible of authority for the established church was the Bishops’ Bible, 1st printed 1568.


Using the Bishops’ Bible as their starting point the translators of the KJV Bible referenced Tyndale’s New Testament, The Geneva Bible and the Catholic Rheims New Testament when they were carrying out their work.


Now you can own an original SAME TEXT leaf from ALL THREE of these foundational Bibles that underpins the 1611 KJV text. 




    BUT WAIT!! THERE IS MORE!!!  Along with 1) the original study leaf from the 1560 first edition Geneva Bible we are going to add 2) an original 1st edition 1568 Bishops' Bible study leaf and 3) an original study leaf from the 1582 first edition Catholic Rhiems' New Testament ALL CONTAINING THE SAME COMMON TEXT. Did you get that? THE SAME COMMON TEXT!!!


    Only the most avid and wealthy Bible collectors ever have the opportunity to make comparisons between the original printed texts. Here is an exceptional opportunity to make a word-for-word comparison of three of the earliest English foundational translations that underpin the 1611 King James' Bible. With this study collection it is now possible for the serious Bible leaf collector to minutely compare the orthography, punctuation and grammar of the same common text. Investigate the composition of the ink, watermarks and the rag content of the paper. Learn about the printers and the varied typography used in production. Compare the marginal notes and printed annotations. Examine in detail the blemishes of use through the ravages of time. This unique comparative study collection gives the novice the opportunity to scrutinize in detail the evolution of the text of their very own personal modern printed Bible. Become the Bible scholar on a particular passage of scripture as you make a word-for-word comparison. Then publish your results online.


    BUT WAIT!! THERE IS EVEN MORE!!! Because of our commitment to putting these unique fragments of history into the hands of Bible believers, who will not only cherish and display these original documents of their Christian heritage but will also share their love for Jesus Christ, that we are going to help the successful collector who acquires this offer to pay for it. That’s right! We are going to give to the winner, at no additional cost, TEN MORE LEAVES from a quarto (personal size Bible) King James’ Bible printed between 1614 and 1640. That’s 13 original early Bible leaves in this one offer. Of course we will provide a reproduction title page and a Certificate of Authenticity for each original leaf. Whoever is blessed to own this study collection will be privileged to share it with family and friends by introducing them to the world of Bible leaf collecting. Give them the opportunity to acquire their very own piece of original Biblical history by either selling them one of the KJV quarto Bible leaves or simply giving them away as witnesses to their faith.


    Contents Offer


    • An original same text study leaf from the 1560 first edition Geneva Bible (H107) with Certificate of Authenticity.
    • A fine art reproduction of the 1560 first edition Geneva Bible (H107) title page
    • An original same text study leaf from the 1568 first edition Bishops' Bible (H125) with Certificate of Authenticity.
    • A fine art reproduction of the 1568 first edition Bishops' Bible (H125) title page
    • An original same text study leaf from the 1582 first edition Catholic New Testament (H177) with Certificate of Authenticity.
    • A fine art reproduction of the 1582 first edition Catholic New Testament (H177) title page
    • A fine art reproduction portrait Mary I
    • A fine art reproduction portrait of John Knox
    • A fine art reproduction portrait of Myles Coverdale
    • A fine art reproduction portrait of Elizabeth I
    • A fine art reproduction portrait of Matthew Parker
    • Reference material from the Herbert (H): HISTORICAL CATALOGUE OF PRINTED EDITIONS OF THE ENGLISH BIBLE 1525-1961 by A.S. Herbert. Herbert Catalogue is the standard reference work for printed English Bibles. Herbert Catalogue
    • NOTE: The special discounted price reflects our choice of the same text leaves. Not to worry all leaves are chosen from the New Testament. The above original leaves are for display purpose only. 


    May we suggest this Biblical Archives offer would make an awesome gift for one’s pastor, teacher or faith mentor. Use these materials as a teaching or evangelism aide with children, church, school or seminary. Mount the leaves on the walls of your home, business or church as a testimony to the saving and sustaining power of the Word of God. Give your children hands-on experience developing critical analytical skills using original ancient documents as part of their Home School curriculum. Create a mini-museum of your very own Biblical Archives.