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Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper

Thursday 29th November 2018: 1:00pm GMT

Bible

Estimate: £30,000 - 40,000

Hammer Price: £28,000

Full Lot Details

Bible, English. The Holy Bible, first edition of the King James Bible, the Great 'He' Bible, largely printed in black letter, double column, woodcut initials and head- and tail-pieces, general title lacking and provided in facsimile, lacking double-page woodcut map, all other leaves including woodcut title to NT present, calendar printed in red and black, 3G5 torn, several leaves (especially 3P4 and 3P6 in OT, C4-D2, F2, F5, H3-4, K5, M5, R2 and R5 in NT) with marginal repairs and /or corners defective and most with missing words supplied in manuscript, lower portion of P5 in NT cut away with loss of bottom 6 lines of text one recto and verso, some other more minor marginal repairs, tear to final leaf, stain to lower edge throughout, mostly marginal but and beginning and particularly at end encroaching into text block, other occasional damp- and ink-stains, remboitage in old calf, rebacked, gilt-metal corner and centre-pieces, lacking clasps, [Herbert 309; Pforzheimer 61; PMM 114; STC 2216], folio (398 x 250mm.), [Robert Barker], 1611.

⁂ Widely regarded as the greatest literary translation of the Bible ever produced and arguably the most important and influential book published in English. This Royal version took over 5 years to complete and used more than 50 translators; it is known as the Great 'He' Bible after the reading (on Bb2 recto) in Ruth 3:15 "and he went into the citie".

Full Lot Details

Bible, English. The Holy Bible, first edition of the King James Bible, the Great 'He' Bible, largely printed in black letter, double column, woodcut initials and head- and tail-pieces, general title lacking and provided in facsimile, lacking double-page woodcut map, all other leaves including woodcut title to NT present, calendar printed in red and black, 3G5 torn, several leaves (especially 3P4 and 3P6 in OT, C4-D2, F2, F5, H3-4, K5, M5, R2 and R5 in NT) with marginal repairs and /or corners defective and most with missing words supplied in manuscript, lower portion of P5 in NT cut away with loss of bottom 6 lines of text one recto and verso, some other more minor marginal repairs, tear to final leaf, stain to lower edge throughout, mostly marginal but and beginning and particularly at end encroaching into text block, other occasional damp- and ink-stains, remboitage in old calf, rebacked, gilt-metal corner and centre-pieces, lacking clasps, [Herbert 309; Pforzheimer 61; PMM 114; STC 2216], folio (398 x 250mm.), [Robert Barker], 1611.

⁂ Widely regarded as the greatest literary translation of the Bible ever produced and arguably the most important and influential book published in English. This Royal version took over 5 years to complete and used more than 50 translators; it is known as the Great 'He' Bible after the reading (on Bb2 recto) in Ruth 3:15 "and he went into the citie".