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Leaf from a Geneban of "Breeches Bible", 1592

 Item — Box: 2, Folder: 16

Scope and Contents

From the Collection: Sold as Otto F. Ege's Original Leaves from Famous Bibles: Nine Centuries, 1121-1935 A.D. Cleveland: Otto Ege, circa 1950, this collection consists of 37 original Bible leaves in mattes with descriptive labels. Three items are manuscript pages, while an additional 34 are printed. The leaves range in age from circa 1200 to 1935. During the years 1938-1950, Ege published portfolios under this title with 37, 50 and 60 leaves.

For preservation reasons, the leaves have been separated from their mattes, and enclosed in mylar. However, each matte and descriptive label has been retained with its original leaf where possible.

The descriptions consist mostly of transcriptions of the labels written by Ege.


  • 1592

Biographical / Historical

Imprinted at London by the Deputies of Christopher Barker, Printer to the Queenes most excellent Maiestie

Edited by religious refugees in the “holy city of Alps,” Geneva, during the reign of “Bloody Mary,” under the direction of William Whittingham, assisted by Coverdale and Calvin. Its terse style and pithy notes made it the English household Bible for nearly a century. It was also the Bible of the Puritans. One hundred and sixty editions were issued- sixty during the reign of Queen Elizabeth; and although dedicated to her, it was never sanctioned by the state or the church. The use of the term “breeches” in Gen. iii. (where the Authorized Version has “aprons”), gives this version its name. (Darlow and Moule 161)


From the Collection: 5.3 Linear Feet (3 oversize boxes, one portfolio box)




Repository Details

Part of the Cary Graphic Arts Collection Repository

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