Imatges de pÓgina

The Romane Calendare, compared with The Hebrew Calendare. To these Calendares are subjoined “Rules for understanding this double Calendare,” by R[obert; Pont, a scientific Ecclesiastic, who, with the leave of the Kirk, was appointed a Lord of Session, and died on the 8th of May, 1608, aged 81. To the Calendares of Pont are apnexed some verses “On the incomparable treasure of the Holy Scriptures :

Here is the spring where waters flowe

to quenche our heat of sipne;
Here is the tree where trueth dot hgrow,

to lead our lives therein ;" &c. &c,

To the verses, and a prayer for the true use of the Holy Scriptures, follows “ A de. scription and successe of the Kinges of Judea, and Jerusalem; declaring when, and under what kinges every prophete lyved : and what notable thinges happened in their times, translated out of the Hebrew."

Now begins “ The first Boke of Moses, called Genesis *.'

From a slight collation of Bassandynes' edition of the Bible, with the Geneva edition of 1561, it is apparent, that they are the same in the text,

• “ This worde signifieth the beginning and generation of the creatures."

in the notes, in the marginal references, and the whole disposition of the several parts. The colophon of the Scotish edition is, “At Edindurgh : Printed by Thomas Bassandye: M. D. LXXVI. Cum priuilegio.” Notwithstanding the late reproof of the Assembly, for considering the Sovereign, as the head of the Kirk, the Printer embellished his titlepage with the royal arms; and cried out, GOD SAVE THE King. This is a very handsome folio, printed with a sharp Roman letter; the Olde Testament, in 503 double pages; and the Newe Testament, in 125 double pages. Such, then, is Bassandyne's Bible, from the Ge. neva Translation and Edition *

There is said to have been printed, in 1579, by Alexader Arbuthnett, the King's Printer, at the Kirk in the field, Edinburgh, the Bible, for the Use of Scotland, by the Cominissioners of the Kirkt.

In 1610, appeared Hart's Bible, which is also in folio; and which is praised by Watson, the Printer, as well printed I. Here is the title

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Bassandyne's Bible is a very rare book; and is very seldom seen in sale catalogues, or found in libraries. It is in Mr. Chalmers's Collection. + Herbert's Typ. Antiq. 3. v. p.

1501. For this account Bishop Tanner's mss. are quoted. It is also in folio, and is a still rarer book than Bassandyne's Bible. In bis curious account of the Scotish Printers.

page. "The BIBLE that is, the Holy Scriptures contained in the Olde and New Testament. Translated according to the Ebrew and Greeke, and conferred with the best translations in diverse languages: with most profitable annotations upon all hard places, and other things of great importance. “ Feare yee not, stand still, and beholde the salvation of the Lord, which he will shew to you this day. Exod. 14. 13.” Then follows a sculpture, representing the passage of the Red Sea, which is encompassed by this text : “ Great are the troubles of the righteous; but the Lord delivered him out of them all. Psalm 34. 19." Under the sculpture is the following text: “ The Lord shall fight for you; therefore hold you your peace.”

“At Edinburgh. Printed by Andro Hart, and are to be sold at his buith, on the North side of the Gate, a litle beneath the Crosse. Anno Dom. 1610.

Cum Privilego Regiæ Majestatis."

Hart's Bible seems to contain the same prefatory matter as that of Bassandyne; with the addition of " An Almanacke and Table for 40 Yeeres to come:" [1610-1659.] The Olde Testament is obviously the general translation, which seems to have been printed, rather from Bassandyne's edition, than the Geneya edition.


And it has the same arguments and marginal references, with some additional annotations. Hart's edition has sculptures throughout, representing scriptural countries, events, and things.

At the ende of Apocrypha, follows:

“ The New Testament of our Lord Jesus Christ, translated out of Greeke, by Theod. Beza. Whereunto are adjoyned briefe Summaries of Doctrine upon the Evangelists and Acts of the Apostles, together with the Methode of the Epistles of the Apostles, by the said Theod. Beza. And also short Expositions on the Phrases and liard Places, taken out of the large Annotations of the foresaid Author, and Joach. Camerarius, by P. Los. Valerius.

Englished by L. Thomson. Together with the Annotations of Fr. Junius, upon the Revelation of S. John."

There follow the end two tables; the first, Of the Interpretation of the Proper Names which are chiefly found in the Old Testament: the second table is, of the principal things that are contained in the Bible, after the order of the alphabet.

Such is the Olde and New Testament of Andro Hart! From this time we may easily suppose that they had in Scotland the same Bible as that of England, after the new translation, by the King's command. And in fact, we see many Bibles printed at Edinburgh by His Ma


esty's Printers, from 1630 to 1640, according to the new translation, " by His Majesties special commandement." These Scotish editions are more anıbitious of sculptures and other ornaments than one would have reasonably expeeled, in such a cou:try, in such an age.

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