A BIBLE printed during Shakespeare's lifetime has been uncovered.
The remarkable 400-year-old book - owned by a Shepley man - has won a competition to find the district's oldest Bible.
Richard Field's beautifully preserved and re-bound Geneva Bible was printed in 1611 - five years before Shakespeare died.
Mr Field, 72, paid a pittance for the well-used but cared for book at a second-hand bookshop in Leeds in 1952.
His version is known as a Breeches Bible, because of a section in Genesis where Adam and Eve sow breeches from fig-leaves.
The Bible was translated from Hebrew and Greek into English by Protestants who fled to Geneva from England during the reign of Catholic Queen Mary.
"I realised it must have been something unusual, but I knew nothing about it at the time until an old schoolmaster identified it," said Mr Field. "It can only have cost me a few bob. I was a penniless student."
Thomas Innes, a shoemaker from Newcastle, owned the book in 1760.
He signed his name in one of the margins.
Another owner, Joseph Webster, signed the Bible in 1740.
The competition to find antique versions was run as part of Huddersfield Bible Expo, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Bible Society.
It was held at the Parish hurch and the Methodist Mission in Lord Street.
Mr Field was presented with a new Bible in a modern translation.
Geneva Bibles were small and portable and designed for use by ordinary people.
They were first printed in 1560 and eventually ran to more than 150 editions.
They were also used by Shakespeare and in 1620 they travelled to the New World with the Pilgrim Fathers.
The Good Book
* 500 BC: Completion of Hebrew manuscripts which make up the 39 books of the Old Testament.
* 1st Century AD: Completion of Greek manuscripts which make up 27 books of the New Testament.
* 1384: John Wycliffe produces first hand-written manuscript copy of the complete Bible.
* 1522: Martin Luther's German New Testament.
* 1535: Myles Coverdale's Bible - the first complete Bible printed in English.
* 1539: The Great Bible is printed - the first authorised public English Bibl.
* 1611: The King James Bible is printed
* 1885: The English Revised Version.
* 1973: New International Version.
* 2002: English Standard Version.