Sure I love the beauty of collecting the different Bibles, especially the Early English Bibles. Its the sense of real history, plus the stunning use of old english. The English Bible starting with William Tyndale’s Fragment of 1525, or better Tyndale’s New Testament of 1526, or even better the 1534, his last great Bible before Tyndale was strangled, then burnt at the stake, on the 6th. October 1536, near Vilvoorde, Duchy of Brabant, in Belgium. All because to wanted to read this Bible in English, rather than Latin.This is what is great about rare book or Bible collecting, the real history behind every rare book. William Tyndale took on the might of the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church and won.The Father of English Prose, without Tyndale, I believe there would be no Shakespeare’s Plays, in fact, all the great writers in English history from the mid 16th.century on, were and are indebted to the stunning English prose used in Tyndale’s Bible.
William Tyndale, contribution to the English Language and was the Father of both the English Bible and the English Language. I believe that the pervasive presence of the English Bible in Shakespeare's Plays refutes two common fashions on the scholarly scene today. One is the myth that Shakespeare is a secular author. On the contrary, the biblical presence sends a signal about the intellectual allegiance of Shakespeare's Plays. Secondly, it is not simply the English Bible but the Geneva Bible, specifically, that primarily appears in Shakespeare's plays. The claim that Shakespeare was a closet Catholic has recently received a prominence that is without warrant, Shakespeare's use of what was for the Catholics a forbidden book is one evidence among many that Shakespeare was Protestant in his religious orientation.
A few of William Tyndale’s Famous Quotes;-
1. Let there be lyghte.
2. Am I my brother’s keeper?
3. The Lord bless thee and keep thee. The Lord make his face to shine upon thee and be merciful unto thee. The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.
4. Blessed are they that mourn for they shall be comforted.
5. Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
6. Fight the good fight.
7. The signs of the times.
8. The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.
9. He went out . . . and wept bitterly.
10. In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God...
11. In him we live, move and have our being.
12. A law unto themselves.
13. Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels and yet had no love I were even as the sounding brass or as a tinkling cymbal.
14. lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil
15. knock and it shall be opened unto you
16. twinkling of an eye
17. a moment in time
18. fashion not yourselves to the world
19. seek and you shall find
20. eat, drink and be merry
21. ask and it shall be given you
22. judge not that you not be judged
23. the word of God which liveth and lasteth forever
24. let there be light
25. the powers that be
26. my brother's keeper
27. the salt of the earth
28. a law unto themselves
29. filthy lucre
30. it came to pass
31. gave up the ghost
32. the signs of the times
33. the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak
34. live and move and have our being
The oldest printed book, the best printed book, the most printed book is the Bible. The greatest price ever paid for a book was paid for a Bible.
The book translated into most languages is the Bible. The book which has been sold and given away more than any other is the Bible. The Bible has dominated the literature of the world to such an extent and depth that even general book-collectors often find it necessary to have a few of the outstanding editions and versions to round out or to provide the foundation of their collections.
One of the fascinations of rare Bible collecting is the fact that it may start with historic items produced in the ages before there was printing with movable type in Europe. Early Codices o fetch Bible text has been discovered of which impressive facsimiles have been made, fragments of Hebrew Old Testament books made fin the first and second centuries before our era, fragments of Greek New Testament books written in the third century.
The earliest and most complete of these last are the Codex Sinaiticus and the Codex Alexandrinus, both held today in the British Museum, and the Codex Vaticanus which is held in the Vatican in Rome. Codices of later and lesser importance but very desirable in facsimile are the Codex Beza of the 7th. Century, now at Cambridge University. The 8th. Century Codex Amiatinus, the Codex Claromontanus, now in Paris. These are among the most trustworthy and valuable basic manuscripts for the received text of the New Testament.
For most serious collectors the historic English Bibles form the heart of the collector. The rarest English Bibles are;-
Bibles Printed in America