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2nd 1560 Geneva Bible

We sold the second 1560 Geneva Bible last night just a bit after I posted it for sale in my Etsy Story at:


Hunter Willis purchased it and is donating it to the Historic St. Luke’s Church which is near Smithfield in Isle of Wight County, Virginia.


Hunter has been invited to give a lecture on Religion in Virginia in the 17th and 18th Centuries there.  Do you live near that church? If so, it might be fun to attend Hunter Willis’ presentation. I wish I lived near.  Visit St. Lukes web page at the following link: St. Lukes’ Museum

I have also made St. Luke’s a 1640 Bay Psalm Book and a bunch of 1643 Souldier’s Pocket Bibles that they sell in their bookstore.




1st 1560 Geneva Bible

We have started making replicas of the original 1560 Geneva Bible.  Hunter Willis is in the process of making us a web page to tell you more about this Bible.  We have completed two of these thus far.  The first one will used during the filming of the proof of concept for the movie, “A Lively Experiment The Life of Dr. John Clarke America’s Forgotten Patriot” by 1663 Media Arts Productions this coming weekend at Berkeley Plantation in Charles City Virginia.  I will share some photos of it being made below.  Hopefully by next week we will receive photos taken during the filming.

This Geneva Bible is covered in British tan lambskin. The spine label is calf and its end papers are hand-marbled. It’s headbands are hand-stitched with red and white silk thread. It measures about 5 3/8 inches thick by about 8 ¾ inches wide by about 11 3/16 inches tall and weighs about nine pounds. The text block is smythe sewn by a machine. In addition to the Old & New Testament this Bible includes the Apocrypha.

Today, the Geneva Bible is best known as the “Bible of the Protestant Reformation”. In 1620, when the Pilgrims made their journey across the Atlantic Ocean to America, they brought the Geneva Bible with them on the Mayflower. The Geneva Bible is the Bible upon which America was founded. Most early American colonists, fleeing the religious oppression of the Church of England (the Anglican Church), wanted nothing to do with the 1611 King James Bible!

The Geneva Bible was the primary Bible of 16th century English Protestantism. In 1579, because of the involvement of John Calvin and John Knox in its translation, a law was passed in Scotland that provided every household enough money to purchase a copy. Some smaller versions of the Geneva New Testament cost less than a week’s wages for even the lowest-paid workers. In fact, before printing ceased in 1644, the Geneva Bible was more popular than the newer King James Bible. Today, many Protestant denominations embrace the King James Bible as being “The Bible”, which is ironic because the King James Bible when it was originally printed was not a “Protestant” Bible. The Christians who sailed to America in search of religious freedom would not have embraced the King James Bible. But most modern Protestants have never even heard of the Bible of their own spiritual heritage: the Geneva Bible. After fleeing the persecution of the English Roman Catholic Queen Mary, John Calvin, John Knox, Myles Coverdale, John Foxe, and other English refuges translated and printed this new English Bible in Geneva, Switzerland. Queen Mary would not tolerate the Protestant Geneva Bible, which proclaimed the Pope as the “antichrist” in its commentary notes.

In addition to the Geneva Bible’s role in building the faith of many Christians, this Bible is also considered to be a great work of literature. Many of the 16th century’s greatest writers would have read and referenced from this Bible. William Shakespeare quoted from the Geneva Bible hundreds of times throughout his plays. The Geneva Bible would have been used by John Bunyan when he wrote The Pilgrim’s Progress. One funny note, the Geneva Bible acquired the unusual nickname “Breeches Bible” because this translation conveys that Adam and Eve made themselves “breeches” out of fig leaves to cover their nakedness!  

The Geneva was the first Bible to introduce easier-to-read “Roman” style type rather than the “Gothic Blackletter” typeface that had been used exclusively in earlier Bibles. Textually, the Geneva Bible also introduced several radical never-before-seen changes to the English vernacular Bible. The Geneva Bible was the first English language Bible to add chapters and numbered verses to each chapter of Scripture and to include verse citations that allow the reader to cross-reference one Scripture verse with other relevant Bible verses. The Geneva was also the first “Study Bible” containing extensive commentary notes in the margins. These commentary notes alone can provide hours of fascinating insight into the Scriptures from the viewpoint of the Protestant Reformation’s greatest theologians. 



Divine Service at Walnut Grove Plantation this morning

This photo was taken after the Divine Service at Walnut Grove Plantation in Roebuck, South Carolina this morning. Bruce Jennings​ used his 1733 Bible that he is holding and Chad Bogart​ is holding his John Playford Psalm & Hymn Book. We made both of their books for them.  

Bill Higbee with his 1733 New Testament

This is Bill Higbee with his 1733 New Testament that we made for him.  You can also get a replica of our original 1733 New Testament from my Etsy Store at the following link. 

ETSY Store

Learn more about this New Testament on our web page at the link below:


A PRAYER for one desiring to be awakened to an Experience of the New-Birth, 1741

We have finished making another stack of these 1741 New-Birth pamphlets originally by George Whitefield. I give these away at events and with all orders.  We will make them for you for $1.95 for the 1st and 99 cents for the rest.  Purchase them from our Etsy Store at the link below:

ETSY Store


1734 Book of Common Prayer

stuffing the back of a 1734 Book of Common Prayer.  We have one of these in stock in our Etsy Store at the link below:

To see how we hand bind this book using antique tools and period correct techniques, visit our web page at the following link: