Folio. 66 consecutive leaves, collates A-L6, COMPLETE THUS. In a spectacular "Coptic" binding by Joseph Adams of Eidolon House: heavy wooden boards, upper cover adorned with elaborate chased metal circular ornament in the early Coptic style, the 11 gatherings of text and two gatherings of endleaves sewn on heavy linen thread in Coptic manner; title soiled and a little frayed along edges; E3 significantly soiled, E4 inner margins extended with some loss, several leaves repaired; D2-D6 headlines cropped. With the celebrated title-page to the New Testament engraved in wood by the Swiss artist Christopher Switzer, possibly after a design by Rowland Lockey (monograms appear in the niches on either side of the image of the sacrificed lamb on the altar). THE FOUR GOSPELS FROM THE GREAT "SHE" BIBLE OF THE KING JAMES BIBLE, "First Edition, Second Issue" (according to Fry), or "Second Edition" (Herbert). This translation of the Bible is widely considered a towering achievement in English literature, as both beautiful and scholarly. The King James, or "Authorized" Version of the Bible has been called "the most influential version of the most influential book in the world, in what is now its most influential language," "the most important book in English religion and culture", and "the most celebrated book in the English-speaking world." Our copy of the King James Bible is known as the "Great She" Bible, designated as Fry's "first edition, second issue, without reprints." Herbert contradicts this with the statement: "Others more correctly style it the 'second folio edition, 1613, 1611,' inasmuch as it deserves to be reckoned a distinct edition." The bibliographic complexities between the two are legion and legendary. "A number of typographical errors appeared in the 1611 printing of the King James Bible. One of the best known is in Ruth 3:15, which reads "he went" where the context calls for "she went." This error was corrected in the 1613 reissue of the Bible. The two printings are referred to as the "He Bible" and the "She Bible." In 1613 the type was completely reset and the text was reprinted, but the title pages from the 1611 printing were added to the sheets, which is why bibliographers refer to the "She Bible" as a first edition, second issue." (SOURCE: Brigham Young University, The Life and Legacy of the King James Bible, Celebrating 400 Years, exhibition online accessed 1/14/16). David Norton rejects the "first edition, second issue" designation, arguing instead for two separate "editions," but not without considerable qualification. Norton suggests that the "He" Bible sold out quickly, and that Robert Barker began printing sheets of the "She" Bible in order to supply further demand. "Copies were made up intermittently as purchase orders came in. The muddle in Barker's printing house was that, once varying sheets were available, no two copies were made up of the identical sets of sheets. Moreover, sheets continued to be available when the later large folios were made, so some copies of them have sheets from different editions, including sheets from the second edition" (SOURCE: David Norton, A Textual History of the King James Bible, p. 66). In our copy, Matthew 26:36, "Judas" has been corrected to "Jesus" in contemporary manuscript (at Robert Barker's shop?) as commonly. BINDING: An imposing and perfectly sympathetic binding of the Four Gospels, constructed by Joseph Adams of Eidolon House using Coptic sewing techniques that were employed by early Christians in Egypt, and used as early as the 2nd century AD. Coptic bindings, the first true codices, are characterized by one or more sections of paper or parchment sewn through their folds, and attached to each other with chain stitch linkings across the spine, rather than to the thongs or cords running across the spine that characterize European bindings from the 8th century onwards. As typical of Coptic bookbinding structures, no adhesives were used in the construction of the prese. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: [COMPLETE FOUR GOSPELS]. [The Holy Bible: ...
Publisher: Robert Barker 1613-1611
Publication Date: 1613
Edition: Second folio edition or "She" Bible.
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