[London]: Prynted For Andrewe Hester [actually printed in Zurich by Christopher Froschover], 1550. Revised. Hardcover. Quarto (9 x 7 1/4"). Fo. lxxxix (89) to Fo. cccxcix (399). Error in foliation: leaf cxix wrongly numbered cxx. ccclxxvii and ccclxxviii omited in pagination. 18th-century full calf, with gold lettering and tooling to spine. Raised bands. Decorative woodcut initials.
Originally published in 1535, this book represents the first translation of the complete Bible into English.
"In 1534, following Pope Clement VII's refusal to approve the annulment of Henry VIII's marriage to Catherine of Aragon, the English Parliament, at the King's insistence, passed a series of acts that separated the English Church from the Roman hierarchy. In the following weeks, the Canterbury Convocation* petitioned for an English translation of the scriptures to be produced. By denying the supremacy of the Papacy, Henry VIII had raised the scriptures above the authority of Rome, making it imperative that they be published and the King as supreme ecclesiastical head reserved the sole right to authorize publication of an English Bible. It was Miles Coverdale (1488-1568) who was to produce this." (For more information, see: F. L. Cross & E. A. Livingstone's "The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church," OUP (1974), article: "Convocations of Canterbury and York").
"The first edition of the Coverdale's Bible was printed, probably at Marburg, in 1535, and was inscribed to Henry, "our Moses." The translator sent copies of his Bible to England for review by the King. Henry VIII turned it over to various Bishops for comment. When they replied that it contained many errors Henry asked if it contained any heresies. Answered in the negative it was given Royal permission to circulate.
Miles Coverdale wrote beautiful melodious prose, no more so than in the Psalter which was used in the Book of Common Prayer and has come down to us today. Many famous phrases such as "Thou anointest my head with oil," "the valley of the shadow of death," "sufficient unto the day," and "I am as sounding brass" all come from Coverdale.
Some sixty-five copies of the 1535 edition are known to survive, none of which are complete. This copy is a revised edition, printed in 1550, the last to be issued in the translator's lifetime.
The Coverdale Bible was reprinted twice in 1537, once in 1550, and again in 1553. It was never fully sanctioned by either Church or State. But, as the first almost-legal English Bible, it became highly important - many of its translations being included in the great King James Bible 75 years later." (For more information, see: Darlow and Moule, Vol. 1, pp. 44-45, No. 55, STC 2080; ESTC S122319; Herbert 84).
The following leaves are missing: the 8 preliminary leaves, i to lxxxviii (1 to 88), cciv (204), ccxii (212), ccxiii (213), ccxxxiiii to ccxxxviiii (234 to 239), cclxxiii to cclxxx (273 to 280), cccxiv (314), cccxlviii (348), cccxlix (349), cccc to ccccxciiii (400 to 494) (Old Testament), and i to cxxi (1 to 121),  leaves (New Testament).
Our Coverdale Bible contains Deuteronomy, Chapter 22, Verse 8 (Leaf 89) to 2 Chronicles 26, beginning of verse 6 (verso of leaf 203); 2 Chronicles 28, verse 24 (leaf 205) to 1 Esdras, the first 36 lines of Chapter 5 (verso of leaf 211); The last 40 lines of 1 Esdras 9 (leaf 214) to the first 5 lines of the Book of Job, Chapter 31 (verso of leaf 233); The last 5 lines of The Psalms of David, 10 (leaf 240) to the first 15 lines of Psalm 149 (verso of leaf 272); The Proverbs of Solomon, Chapter 22 (leaf 281) to the first 29 lines of Isaiah 66 (verso of leaf 313); Jeremiah 2; 7 (leaf 315) to Ezekiel 7; 15 (verso of leaf 347); Ezekiel 12; 13 (leaf 350) to the end of the Book of Malachi (verso of leaf 399).
Binding rubbed on covers and along edges. Front free endpaper detached but present. 18th-century previous owner's armorial bookplate on inside of front cover with motto "Virtute non verbis" (By courage not words). Bookplates of Reverend Thomas Linwood Strong and William MacCormack on front free endpaper. Sporadic clear water-staining at upper and lower margin of pages throughout. Some contemporary annotations at margin of a few pages (not affecting lettering). A later previous owner's inscription in ink at lower margin of the first leaf indicates the following: "This is part of Coverdale's first translation of the Bible printed in Henry the 8th reign about 1534." Another inscription from the same hand, at lower margin of last leaf indicates: "This, the first translation of the Bible by Coverdale." Sporadic age-toning throughout. Text in Gothic script, in two columns, 50 lines to the full column. Binding in overall fair to good-, interior in good- to very good. f to vg. Item #43242
* Canterbury Convocation is one of the two synodical assemblies (the other one is York) of the bishops and clergy of each of the two provinces which comprise the Church of England. (From Wikipedia).