Review of the 1560 Edition Geneva Bible in Genuine Black Leather from Hendrickson Bibles.
October 19, 2014
I requested this Bible from Hendrickson for review on my blog not knowing if they would send one or not. I had never done any reviews for them as of yet. I am happy to say that they sent me one without any begging or reminding. The Bible arrived packed in a cardboard box with an airbag cushion. Upon opening the box I found that it was in a two piece retail box. Inside it the Bible was wrapped in shrink wrap. The genuine leather cover was pretty stiff. After picking this Bible up I could understand why that was so. This is a monster of a Bible. It is large to say the least. The inside cover is lined with vinyl glued to the cover. The Bible has one ribbon marker of mediocre quality. The Bible was printed in China. The page edges are gilded as well as the spine. The spine has the words, The Geneva Bible 1560 Edition Hendrickson Bibles on it. This Bible has a sewn binding which is quite flexible for a Bible this size. The sewn binding allows it to lay flat brand new, out of the box. The paper is good and opaque. It has to be for the small size of the original print. Of course the most important feature of this Bible and most likely the reason you are considering buying it is that it is a facsimile Bible of the 1560 Geneva Bible translated by the Reformers Calvin, and Knox and cherished by the Puritans. It is the Bible that predates the King James and was brought to America by the Puritans on their quest for religious freedom and to glorify God. The makers of this facsimile scanned existing copies of the 1560 Geneva Bible and cleaned it up as best they could before printing it on good paper and binding it together. The old print can be difficult to read as it is small and not up to modern standards. The notes and references are great! I love being able to peak back into history and see what they thought was important to note during the Reformation. You should get this and read what they said about Rome :) ahem... That is why they were hiding in Geneva. The book introductions are full of history. The chapter numbers are Roman numerals. The letters are Olde English. v for u and f for s and the like. It can be a bit difficult to use as an everyday Bible, but as a study in history and for comparison to modern translations it is a great tool. Especially good for when someone repeats the liberal mantra of, The Bible is so messed up from being translated a gazillion times... Just whip out your handy Geneva and show 'em who's boss! Enjoy the pics at the bottom of the page and if yov haue any qvestiones be ye not afraid to comment on the article. Christianbook won't allow links so search for snyderssoapbox on wordpress and you'll find it.
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.