BREECH OF THE PIECE

Lancashire Life - - ANTIQUES -

I was once a reg­u­lar at sales run by an auc­tion­eer who re­fused to sell Bi­bles. I’m not sure what po­si­tion he might have taken had he been asked to sell this first edi­tion leather-bound so-called ‘Breeches Bi­ble’ with orig­i­nal sil­ver clasps and mounts. Printed in 1589, it pre­dates the King James Ver­sion by 51 years and was, at the time, the pri­mary Bi­ble of 16th cen­tury Protes­tantism. Printed in Geneva, copies were im­ported to London to be used by the likes of Shake­speare, Oliver Cromwell and John Bun­yan, au­thor of The Pil­grim’s Progress. In Ge­n­e­sis, Adam and Eve cov­ered their naked­ness with ‘breeches’, while in the King James Ver­sion of 1611, breeches was changed to ‘aprons’, hence the ep­i­thet. It sold for £1,200 at a Ger­rards auc­tion in Lytham St Annes.

Ger­rards, St Annes – 8-9, 29-30: An­tiques & Fine Art

Maxwells, Stock­port – 7: Col­lecta­bles 21: General, (am) An­tiques, Col­lecta­bles

Mitchells, Cock­er­mouth – 29-30: An­tiques & Fine Art

Omega, New­ton-le-wil­lows – 17:

Live from Utrecht Rare Vinyl 27: Mu­sic Mem­o­ra­bilia, In­stru­ments, Equip­ment 28: Rare Vinyl

Adam Par­tridge, Liver­pool – 7: An­tiques & Col­lecta­bles with Rock & Pop Mem­o­ra­bilia

Adam Par­tridge, Mac­cles­field – 1: An­tiques & Fine Art with Asian Art, Mu­si­cal, Sil­ver, Jew­ellery

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