Title: 1760 Bible, King James Version (Parris ...
Publisher: Joseph Bentham
Publication Date: 1760
Binding: Cloth/Marble Boards
Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: First Edition
1760 Bible, King James Version (Parris Edition): "The holy Bible, containing the Old Testament and the New: Newly Translated out of the Original Tongues, and With the former Translations diligently compared and revised, By His Majesty's Special Command. Appointed to be read in Churches; Cambridge, printed by Joseph Bentham Printer to the University, by whom they are sold in Cambridge, and by Benj. Dod Bookseller in Ave-Mary Lane, London, 1760." FIRST EDITION OF PARRIS'S FINAL REVISION. 2 Vols. One of the most important Bible printings of 18th C. Francis Sawyer Parris, 1707-60, was a biblical scholar, whose textual corrections, italicizations, marginal notes, column headings and cross-references, played a major part in updating and standardizing the 1611 King James's Version of the Holy Bible. From 1740 until his death in May 1760, Parris worked on the KJV, focussing on textual correction, italicization, and marginal notes, column headings and cross-references. His work culminated in this 1760 version, printed by Joseph Bentham at Cambridge; reprinted without textual change (Henry Therold as proof-reader) in Bentham's 1762 folio edition; and Baskerville's 1763 folio edition. Octavo, 1296 pages, no pagination. Signatures: V1: O.T to Solomon's Song; [Title, A1], A2-Qq2; Complete in 612 pages. V2: O.T. from Isaiah Qq3-Ddd; Apocrypha: A-M4, [N-N4]; N.T. [Title, Eee1], Eee2-Uuu, [Uuu2]; Complete in 684 pages. The final leaf is Uuu2, as described in E.S.T.C., Revelation concluding on the front, with a 'Table of offices and conditions of men' on the reverse side. The Apocrypha is in the contents list of books but is separately signed. Later marbled boards with cloth spine. Pages a little age-toned, but comparatively little foxing. Overall, good to very good. Of public collections worldwide, only 8 copies are known: The British Library; Univ. Cambridge (4 copies); Library of Virginia; New York Public Library; Univ. of Houston, respectively. 'Parris did more, to bring the KJV into its modern state than the better known Oxford edition of 1769. David McKitterick, whilst applauding John Baskerville's 1763 folio edition as "one of the finest books ever to have been printed in Britain," insists that while "it must take pride of place in the history of printing in Cambridge, yet, it is an irrelevance as far as the history of the text is concerned."' [David Norton - A Textual History of the King James Bible (2005)]. Herbert #1131 History: Most notable of the printings of Parris' work is the 1762 Cambridge edition of the King James Version, and textual historians have not recognized the significance of the 1760 edition. However, the 1760 retains importance for three reasons: (1) it was the last edition seen through the press by Parris himself; (2) it was the edition selected by the Oxford delegates in 1764; (3) it contains ALL textual changes credited to Parris in the 1762 edition. Parris' work included textual changes from the 1743 Cambridge edition to the 1760 Cambridge edition. However, the first edition crediting Parris' contributions was the 1762 Cambridge edition referred to above. As it was printed after Parris' 1760 death, Henry Therold actually saw this edition through the press. While the 1760 edition was the last edited by Parris, it is possible that he could have left manuscript notes regarding additional changes but if so these were not used by Therold. A comparison of the 1760 and 1762 editions indicates no changes between the two. (See Norton, listed below) Changes made by Parris include examples of more literal or less complex renditions (usually involving the change of a few words in a sentence) or grammatical agreement (subject-verb). Detailed Information on changes (from David Norton, A Textual History of the King James Bible, 2005): "Parris removes a superfluous 'that' from 'and it came to passe, that after the yeere was expired . . . that Dauid . . .' (2 Sam. 11:1) Occasionally he changes word order, apparently to improve t. Bookseller Inventory #
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