Rare original leaf from the Coverdale Bible, the first bible printed in the English language, around the year 1549. This leaf, double-sided, measures 12" by 7 3/4" and is sandwiched between two sheets of glass in a simple black wood frame. At the bottom is a typed label from the mid 20th century, identifying the leaf. I am not a specialist in rare religious material but from internet research I have determined that the bible was printed by Myles Coverdale (1487-1569), an early day evangelist who saw that printing in English would enhance the popular appeal of and expand the reach of God's word. The leaf is in good condition save for a missing triangular shaped piece at the very top corner. In the early 1970's the California Book Club apparently disassembled an intact bible and made roughly 424 presentation pieces, each containing an original page, added to a number of others that were facsimilies. I believe but cannot confirm that this page was part of that 1970's project, but, the work was acquired in Southern California.
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