London: Robert Barker, 1611. First Edition. Folio. 7 leaves: Z3, Z5, Z6, Aa1, Aa2, Aa3, Aa4. Contents: 3 John 1:7-14, Epistles of Jude (complete book); Revelations Chapter 2:21 through Chapter 18:12. Margins frayed, soiling, old repairs, portions of texts defective (SEE IMAGES). With faults, and priced accordingly. Good. Item #2796
Highly interesting, nearly consecutive set of seven original leaves from the New Testament of the true first edition of the 1611 King James Bible, INCLUDING ALMOST 16 CHAPTERS FROM REVELATIONS.
The translation into English of the King James, or "Authorized" Version of the Bible is widely considered a towering achievement in English literature, a rare combination of textual beauty and painstaking scholarship, created by the most unlikely of all sources, namely: a committee. The KJV itself 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."
The bibliographic complexities of the Great "He" Bible and the Great "She" Bible are legendary, but the most authoritative analysis has been undertaken by David Norton in his unsurpassed "Textual History of the King James Bible" (Cambridge University Press, 2004) - see especially Appendix 2 in which all the distinguishing points are clearly enumerated, and rendering all previous scholarship obsolete and irrelevant. Our leaves are from the TRUE FIRST edition of 1611, not the later editions that are ubiquitous on the market and are invariably wrongly described.
Provenance: From the collection of distinguished San Antonio bookseller Frank Rosengren, and from thence to his widow Florence who managed the Rosengren bookstore until 1987, and from thence to her daughter-in-law Camille.