The Bible and Holy Scriptvres conteyned in the Olde and Newe Testament
During the reign of Queen Mary I over 800 Protestants fled England, many settling in Geneva, where John Calvin and Theodore Beza led an Académie for the study of theology and law. Chief among the activities of the Académie was the translation of Biblical texts from original languages. An English edition was begun in 1557. While the Catholic reign of Queen Mary ended in 1558, those employed in the production of the Geneva Bible remained abroad to finish their work in 1560.
The Geneva Bible was produced in quarto size, weighty enough for use in church but small enough to be conveniently carried. Other innovative devices included the highly readable Roman type, numbered verses, book summaries, and extensive notes in the margins containing definitions, variant translations, cross references and doctrinal notes. Also included are tables, concordances and 33 illustrations.