BIBLE, IN ENGLISH, AUTHORISED VERSION [The Holy Bible, Conteyning the Old Testament, and the New], FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE OF KING JAMES' GREAT "HE" BIBLE, Robert Barker, 1611

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BIBLE, IN ENGLISH, AUTHORISED VERSION
[The Holy Bible, Conteyning the Old Testament, and the New], FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE OF KING JAMES' GREAT "HE" BIBLE, Robert Barker, 1611

Sold for £ 31,250 (US$ 38,794) inc. premium
BIBLE, IN ENGLISH, AUTHORISED VERSION
[The Holy Bible, Conteyning the Old Testament, and the New], FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE OF KING JAMES' GREAT "HE" BIBLE, black letter, text in double-columns within woodcut borders, New Testament title within wide woodcut border (dated 1611, shaved at upper margin), almanac printed in red and black, woodcut head- and tail-pieces and initials, lacks 23 leaves (General title and 13 of 18 preliminary leaves; 4F2 & 4F5 in OT; K1, L6, 2A1 and 2A3-6, and Map in NT), 14 leaves of Speed's Genealogies bound in before Genesis, early panelled reverse calf, rebacked preserving old red morocco gilt lettering label [ESTC S122347; Herbert 309; PMM 116], folio (374 x 145mm.), Robert Barker, 1611

Footnotes

  • THE EDITIO PRINCEPS OF THE KING JAMES BIBLE, with the reading "and he went into the citie" at Ruth 3:15. One of the most significant and influential 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" according to Thomas Macaulay. Its creation involved nearly fifty scholars and translators (divided into groups based at Westminster, Oxford, and Cambridge) 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. It was published for use in churches, at an estimated cost of £2,000, by the King's printer, Robert Barker.

    Provenance: "This Booke belongeth to Shackerstone neer unto Bosworth in Leicestershire", seventeenth century inscription on New Testament title, repeated (in similar wording) on leaves A1 (opening of Genesis) and Z2 (end of Esther). The most noted occupant of St. Peter's Church, Shackerstone was Rev. John Hodges, ejected from the living in 1646, having been brought before the parliamentary sequestration committee for deserting his parish to join the royalist garrison at Ashby during the civil War. A manuscript note, in a neat early hand, relating to the service lessons, is added in the lower margin of 5 pages (e.g. "The first Lesson for mon. P: upon All-Saints day beginneth at the first verse of the 3d chap...[cropped]" on 4Q1, the third chapter of the Apocrypha).
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BIBLE, IN ENGLISH, AUTHORISED VERSION [The Holy Bible, Conteyning the Old Testament, and the New], FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE OF KING JAMES' GREAT "HE" BIBLE, Robert Barker, 1611
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