Geneva Bible at UO

You may have read the story in the Oregonian about the discovery of a Geneva Bible at Lewis and Clark.

We also have a Geneva Bible from 1611; it is here if you are interested in calling it up:
The Bible: translated according to the Ebrew and Greeke, and conferred with the best translations in divers languages. With most profitable annotations upon all the hard places, and other things of great importance, as may appear in the Epistle to the reader.Imprinted at London by Robert Barker, printer to the Kings most Excellent Maiestie; 1611Available at Special Collections and Archives Rare Books (BS185 1611.L62 )

This quarto family bible (with a manuscript family history from an 18th century owner on the back flyleaves) was printed by Robert Barker, the King’s printer and the same printer who would publish the King James’ authorized version that would replace the Geneva Bible in 1611. However, Barker also had another, small folio Geneva Bible on the presses in 1611, that finished printing in 1612. It was the last folio Geneva Bible to appear, replaced as it was by the King James. We also have that in our collection. Its call number is RBC 220.52B47T.

You can compare it to a French Bible printed in Geneva:

La Bible, qvi est tovte la Saincte escritvre dv Vieil & du Nouueau Testament: autrement l’anciene & la nouuelle alliance. Le tout reueu & conferé sur les textes hebrieux & grecs par les pasteurs & professeurs de l’Eglise de Geneue.

Bonaventure Corneille Betram, editor.; Geneve; 1588

Available at Special Collections and Archives Burgess Collection (Burgess 023 )

As well as to an earlier English Bible, the Taverner Bible of 1551:

The Byble, that is to saye, all the Holye Scripture : in whiche are contayned the Olde and New Testament Thomas Matthew; Imprynted at London : By John Wyghte … : By Nicolas Hyl, for John Wyghte …; vi. day of Maye, M.D.L.J. [i.e. 6 May 1551  Available at Special Collections and Archives Burgess Collection (Burgess 022 )

As well as to many other fascinating and historically significant Bibles in Special Collections.