BIBLE, in English, Authorised Version The Holy Bible, Conteyning the Old Testament, and the New
Lot 124
BIBLE, in English, Authorised Version The Holy Bible, Conteyning the Old Testament, and the New, FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE, KING JAMES' GREAT "HE" BIBLE
Sold for £25,200 (US$ 40,811) inc. premium

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BIBLE, in English, Authorised Version
The Holy Bible, Conteyning the Old Testament, and the New, FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE, KING JAMES' GREAT "HE" BIBLE, black letter, text in double-columns within woodcut borders, general title cut and mounted, very fine New Testament title, without 7 preliminary leaves, genealogies and map, calendar and almanac in red and black, woodcut head- and tail-pieces and initials, issue point in Exodus XIV, very occasional spotting and browning, a few leaves with discrete marginal repairs not affecting text, very small burnhole to 3Z1, approximately 8 leaves of New Testament with small repairs touching text, a few lines of text supplied in manuscript, bookplate of Knightley Rainald of Fawsley, ownership inscription of Irène Osgood, late seventeenth century calf, metal bosses, joints cracking, worn [STC 2217; Herbert 309; PMM 116], folio (400 x 260mm.), Robert Barker, 1611

Footnotes

  • A remarkable copy of one of the most significant books in the English language, "a book, which if everything else in our language should perish, would alone suffice to show the whole extent of its beauty and power" (Macaulay). Its creation involved nearly fifty translators consulting a wide range of sources including Hebrew and Greek originals, earlier Latin versions, the bibles of Tyndale, Matthew, Coverdale, and Whitchurch, as well as the Bishops' Bible, the Geneva text, and the Rheims New Testament.

    Though without a few preliminary leaves and the genealogies, the bible text here is complete, with only some eight leaves of the Epistles showing any kind of repair. The Old Testament is exceptionally clean, as is the title to the New Testament.

    This copy was formerly at Burford Priory.

Saleroom notices

  • Approximately 25-30 leaves of the New Testament have been inserted from a copy of the 1634 folio.
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