Hendrickson is continuing its program of publishing excellent editions of facsimile Bibles: in addition to its outstanding Geneva 1560 Bible facsimile (an excellent value) and its 1526 Tyndale New Testament facsimile, it is publishing a facsimile 1537 facsimile Matthew’s Bible.
The new Matthew’s Bible is available in both leather and hardcover; although I have not seen the editions yet, I usually recommend the hardcover (if only because limp leather bindings were not used in the 16th century). In my experience, the paper without gilding is of slightly higher quality in Hendrickson publications.
One person even had his Hendrickson rebound to give it a more antiquarian look. But I don’t think there was anything wrong with the original Hendrickson binding.
The Matthew’s Bible was printed in Gothic script (sample text), so it takes a few minutes to orient oneself to read it, but it should be a wonderful resource. In many ways, facsimile editions are better than original editions – you can never find an original edition in the find condition of a good facsimile.
Here are some of my other favorite facsimiles:
Facsimile Luther Bible (out of print, but a fantastic value when it was in print given the quality of illustrations)