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    Second Folio Edition of the Kings James Bible, Also Known as the "Great She Bible"

    [King James]. The Holy Bible, Conteyning the Old Testament, and the New. Newly Translated out of the Originall Tongues: and with the Former Translations Diligently Compared and Revised, by His Majesties Speciall Commandement. London: Robert Barker, 1611-1613.

    Second folio edition of the King James Bible (15.125 x 10 inches), also known as the "Great She Bible." Text in double columns within woodcut rules. Calendar and almanac printed in red and black. Woodcut title border. Genealogical tables with woodcut borders and incorporating woodcut illustrations, including Adam and Eve, Noah's Ark, the Tower of Babel, and other biblical subjects. Decorative woodcut head- and tail-pieces and decorative and historiated woodcut initials.

    Bound in later full leather. Decorative tooling to boards. Rebacked. Raised bands. Leather title label to spine with gilt lettering. Marbled endpapers. Hinges reinforced with cloth tape. Bookplate and bibliographical reference clipping affixed to front pastedown. Inventory sticker on flyleaf. Early facsimile title page tipped-in. Paper restoration to the fore-edges of the first twelve leaves (paper loss affecting some of the marginal notations, but none of the text is affected). Nineteen leaves at the end of the New Testament have also been restored. Several leaves scattered throughout the later books also have signs of restoration. A couple of leaves have dampstaining. Lacks both original woodcut title and map. An exceptionally fresh and clean copy of this monumental work in very good condition.

    "Fry's 'first edition, second issue, without reprints,' of King James' Bible. Others more correctly style it the 'second folio edition, 1613, 11,' inasmuch as it deserves to be reckoned a distinct edition.... The general title is usually dated 1613, though the NT title bears the date 1611" (Herbert). Commonly known as the "Great She Bible," for the more correct reading "she went into the citie" in Ruth 3:15, and also for the remarkable error in Matthew 26:36 (where "Judas" appears for "Jesus." Sometimes a correction slip is pasted over the mistake, but in the present copy it is corrected in an early hand).

    "The King James Bible, or the Authorized Version, as it is now commonly (but not strictly accurately) known, was the outcome of the conference summoned at Hampton Court by the King in January 1604, in an attempt to settle the quarrels in the Church of England, arising from the Puritan zeal of some of its members. It was the leader of the Puritan party, John Reynolds, the President of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, who first suggested the idea of a new translation.... It has been described as 'the only literary masterpiece ever to have been produced by a committee' and was the work of nearly fifty translators, organized in six groups.... Being based on a wider range of classical and oriental scholarship than its predecessors, the Authorized Version was a more learned text... No new English translation was produced until the Revised Version of 1881, and the influence of the Authorized Version may best be described in the words of G.M. Trevelyan. 'For every Englishman who had read Sidney or Spenser, or had seen Shakespeare acted at the Globe, there were hundreds who had read or heard the Bible with close attention as the words of God. The effect of the continual domestic study of the book upon the national character, imagination and intelligence for nearly three centuries to come, was greater than that of any literary movement in our annals, or any religious movement since the coming of St Augustine'" (Printing and the Mind of Man 114, describing the 1611 first edition).

    Herbert 319. STC 2224.


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