My copy is excellent. But why no 1568 Bishop's bible facsimile?
August 22, 2014
My copy of the facsimile 1560 Geneva Bible is excellent. The print is clear and readable throughout. All other features are satisfactory as well.
When is Hendrickson going to publish a similar facsimile of the 1568 Bishop's Bible? It is a highly neglected translation among publishers. But I am certain that there are many people like me who would buy a facsimile copy of it just as soon as they print one (preferably in genuine leather like the 1560 Geneva, 1537 Matthew's, and 1526 Tyndale).
Theses pages are scanned which is why they look like they have been photocopied. While the scans are very clean the pages are simply NOT clear and readable type. While this is a quality reproduction, the pages contains many flaws and shortcomings that are inherent to this process and the book should be marketed as such! If I had not gotten the cover personalized I would return this item.
Margin notes and chapter/book intros very small. I use a magnifying glass. 16th century English.
Well bound, one ribbon marker. Buff color pages that have a bit of bleed through.
This is a beautiful facsimile of the Bible that fuelled the Reformation. To Allan, Joann and Linda, who complained about the quality of the printed text, I have to say 'welcome to the world of 16th century print production'! This is a facsimile of an original work, not a tidied-up reproduction. Brilliantly done, congrats to Hendrickson!
As far as the quality of the product it is fine. Nice book, nice binding, nice printing facsimile. I use this item (and others) in a Biblical education manner concerning the history of the English Bible which most Christians are sadly ignorant of. This Bible is nick-named the "Breeches" Bible based on the text in genesis 3 where Adam and Eve fashioned themselves "breeches." It is also the Pilgrims Bible and the first Bible used in America.
I was a little skeptical about the ease of reading this particular edition, as I'm not that familiar with old world English but I've been reading it every day (about a month) and it is getting easier all the time. Ever since I discovered the Geneva Bible, I've wanted a copy but was worried about the cost. I really wanted the leather bound but that copy was not within my current budget. I'm very pleased, nonetheless, with the copy I have.
Anyone interested in reading God's word in its first English transcriptions, should purchase a copy. Every now and again, I find myself having to refer to one of my other transcriptions for particular words and at times the wording is quite different, so I muddle through. One day I will be able to figure them out. At any rate, this is more than worth the price I paid.
The early editions of the Geneva Bible should be in every library, especially church libraries.
Note that the chapters are in Roman numerals but that is no problem until you get to Psalms because there are 150 chapters. If you are not familiar with numerals, you may need to make a small chart to place in the front for reference.