An extremely rare 429-year old Bible will be auctioned by Sheppard’s Irish Auction House in Durrow, Co. Laois on Nov 26th.
It will also be live online at www.sheppards.ie. The Geneva Bible is one of the most historically significant translations of the Bible into the English language, preceding the King James translation by 51 years. In the early 18th century Lord Castledurrow of Castle Durrow is known to have borrowed Dean Jonathan Swift’s Geneva Bible and later returned it to the Deanery. Manuscript inscription by Revd. William Fredric Johnstone, Bansha, reads: “22nd August 1945. Japan prepares to surrender. Two atomic bombs are reported as having killed wounded and rendered homeless 500,000 persons. So Japan announced today. England [sic] and American opinion divided as to the good or evil of use of bomb. All everywhere are shocked and bewildered as to its effectiveness.”