BIBLE: "VINEGAR BIBLE." The Holy Bible, containing the Old Testament and the New: newly translated out of the Original Tongues. Oxford: John Baskett, 1717-1716.

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BIBLE: "VINEGAR BIBLE."
The Holy Bible, containing the Old Testament and the New: newly translated out of the Original Tongues. Oxford: John Baskett, 1717-1716.

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BIBLE: "VINEGAR BIBLE."
The Holy Bible, containing the Old Testament and the New: newly translated out of the Original Tongues. Oxford: John Baskett, 1717-1716.
2 volumes in one, folio, 470 x 300 mm. First title printed in red and black, with an engraved vignette of Oxford Churches, engraved frontispiece, and numerous head and tail-pieces. Frontispiece, first 2 pp and last 2 pp detached, some light browning throughout, a few outer margins of later leaves repaired, some with loss of a few letters. Contemporary red morocco, worn, both covers detached. Cloth box.
Provenance: Barnesely (verso Zzz2 with contemporary manuscript notation, "Barnesely his book 1736").

This is the so-called "Vinegar Bible," because of the mis-spelling of the word vineyard as vinegar at the catch title to Luke chapter XX. Accompanied by a press clipping showing this copy being exhibited at the 50th Anniversary Dinner of the American Branch of the Oxford University Press, at the Waldorf-Astoria, in new York in 1946. Herbert 942; ESTC T89281.
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