A Bishops' Bible 1568 First Folio Edition Leaf - Reserve Your Preferred Text


Offered for the consideration of the Bible leaf collector is an original display leaf from the first edition 1568 Bishops’ Bible accompanied by afine art reproduction of its title page and a signed Certificate of Authenticity.


Contents Offer


  • An original display leaf from the 1568 Bishops’ Bible (H125)* [Choose your favourite text]
  • A fine art reproduction of the 1568 Bishops’ Bible (H125) title page
  • A fine art reproduction of Elizabeth I
  • A fine art reproduction of Matthew Parker
  • Reference material from 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. 


Queen Elizabeth I Appoints Matthew Parker to Oversee the Bishops' Bible Translation


The first issue of the version known as the ‘Bishops’ Bible.’ A revision of the Great Bible version, undertaken by Matthew Parker (1504-1575), Archbishop of Canterbury, with the assistance of many bishops and well known Biblical scholars. The work seems to have been carried out in separate sections, which vary considerably in value. In correcting the Great Bible, both the Hebrew and Greek originals were consulted. The influence of the Geneva version appears, especially in the prophetical books; while Castalio’s Latin version of 1551 was also consulted. Westcott considers that the Greek attainments of the revisers were superior to their Hebrew, and that the alterations in the New Testament show original and vigorous scholarship.


In April 1571 the Convocation of the Province of Canterbury ordered that copies of this edition should be placed in every cathedral, and as far as possible in every church; and enjoined every ecclesiastical dignitary to exhibit a copy in a prominent place in his house for the use of his servants and guests (Cardwell, Synodalia, p. 115 and p. 123). In typography and illustration this is perhaps the most sumptuous in the long series of folio English Bibles. From the subjoined entry in an old account book of St. ]ohn’s College, Cambridge, published by C. H. Hartshorne, in his Book-rarities of Cambridge, we learn the price at which this edition was then sold: ‘1571. For a new Bible in English, the last translation, 27s. 8d.’ Darlow & Moule - Historical Catalogue 1903


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.


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    (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 leaf from one of the foundational Bibles that underpins the 1611 KJV text. 


    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, THREE MORE LEAVES from a quarto (personal size Bible) King James’ Bible printed between 1614 and 1640. That’s 4 original early Bible leaves in this 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 display leaf 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 leaves or simply giving them away as witnesses to their faith.


    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 Heritage.