- 16th Century Bibles in English 1
The whole Byble that is the holy scripture of the Olde and Newe testament faythfully translated into Englyshe ... [Zurich]: Printed for Andrewe Hester, 1550.
Myles Coverdale (ca. 1488-1569) produced the first complete printed Bible in
English. Coverdale made his translation from German and Latin, rather than
directly from the Hebrew and Greek as did Tyndale.
Bible was dedicated to Henry VIII, whom Coverdale invited to correct, improve
or reject his translation as the King saw fit. Its printing coincided with the
ecclesiastical reforms of Henry, who allowed Coverdale’s Bible to circulate
freely in England, though it was not authorised for use in churches.
edition of 1550 was the last reprint of Coverdale’s 1535 Bible issued during
the translator’s lifetime. The Library also holds a single leaf from the 1535
The Nevv Testament of Iesus Christ, translated faithfully into English, out of the authentical Latin, according to the best corrected copies of the same, diligently conferred vvith arguments of bookes and chapters, annotations, and other necessarie helpes, for the better understanding of the text, and specially for the discouerie of the corruptions of diuers late translations … Rhemes: Iohn Fogny, 1582.
Rheims New Testament is the editio
princeps of the Roman Catholic New Testament in English. It was translated
from the Vulgate by the Catholic priest Gregory Martin (ca. 1542-1582) under
the supervision of William Allen (later Cardinal Allen) and Richard Bristow.
Their intention was to give English Catholics a text with which they could
counter Protestant arguments against the Roman Catholic Church.
translation stays very close to the Latin but shows signs of careful comparison
with the Greek. Martin was also influenced by existing English translations,
especially the 1838 diglot. Along with the Old Testament portion printed at
Douai in 1609-1610, this work is the foundation upon which almost all
subsequent Catholic editions of the Bible are based.