Sam Bussan, an inquisitive student from the city of Portland (Oregon, United States), found a 1599 Geneva Bible in the basement archive of the library of the Lewis & Clark College. The Bible has belonged to Queen Elizabeth I and William Shakespeare.
This rare edition of the Bible made the scriptures accessible through many elaborate woodcut illustrations. One, titled “The Situation of the Garden of Eden, ” is a map of the ancient Middle East, showing “The Great Armenia,” “Mesopotamie,” “Babylone” and “The Golphe of the Persian Sea.”
The book is in good condition as it has presumably been renovated. An inscription in the book indicates that it was published in London by the publisher of the English Queen Christopher Barker.