New Testament, Geneva Bible

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#6 New Testament, Geneva Bible (1591)

The “Geneva Bible” translation was produced by Protestant exiles during the reign of the Catholic Queen Mary, and was first published in 1560. It became the most popular and influential English bible, and was the translation Shakespeare turned to most often. It was repeatedly reprinted in a variety of formats, and was widely available. This miniature bible was meant to be carried around as an object of devotion, and it shows several signs of use: the clasps have been lost, and the indentations in the binding may derive from the constant handling of the book. An inscription indicates that the bible remained in use into the nineteenth century. Like item 23, this bible was printed by Christopher Barker, the Queen’s printer.

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