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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 Maiesties speciall Commandment. Appointed to be read in Churches
London: Imprinted at London by Robert Barker, Printer to the Kings most excellent Maiestie. Anno Dom. 1613. Folio, 388 x 243 x 70 mms., collating A ?" D4 A6 - 3Z6 4a6 - 4M6 4N4, 508 leaves, genealogies, with [2], 34 numbered pages, engraved title-page, printed in double columns in black letter and with 72 lines to the page compared to 52 for the 1611 printing, with the almanac printed in red and black, woodcut illustrations in the genealogies, marbled edges,bound in 19th century calf panelled in blind, with three borders enclosing a lozenge in blind, joints neatly restored, red morocco label, brass clasps; minor flaws in text as follows: title-page slightly crased and stained,small tear in lower margin of C6, small hole (10 mms.) in lower portion of 2S6 slightly affecting text, a similar hole in the next leaf, 2T1, very small hole (3 mms.) in 3A3, very small hole (2 mms.) in 3C5, large hole (52 x 10 mms.) in 3I3 (Apocrypha) with repair to margin, large hole (28 x 15 mms.) in 3L1, large stain on recto of 3Z1(290 x 30 mms. Maximum), very small (5 mms.) on 4A5, longish stain (170 x 45 mms.) on 4G1, longish hole (28 x 3 mms.) on 4G3, small hole (3 x 5 mms.) in 4H3, hole (25 x 4 mms.) in 4H4, last leaf mounted with repairs to margins, top margins closely trimmed with occasional loss of part of running headline, but mostly a fine copy with very clean, unflawed text, and with a presentation inscription bookplate on the front paste-down end-paper: "Hunc Librum/ Stefano Draconi Freer/ Honoris Causa/ Dono Dedit/ Claudius Aurelius Elliot/ Magister Information/ Etonae/ A. S. MCMXXXVIII." Stephen Drake Freer was presented with this volume as a school leaving present by the then well-regarded headmaster Sir Claudius Aurelius Elliott (1888 - 1973); Freer left Eton in July 1938 to matriculate at Trinity College Cambridge. Despite the presence of the bookplate, it seems rather improbable that this was a school-leaving prize, as even Eton schoolboys were not routinely given, in the late 1930s, such sumptuous prizes. I can only affirm that the bookplate was there when I acquired the volume, and it is not an act of sophistication on my part. The 1613 King James Bible is often described as "The 'She' Bible," or even "The Great 'She' Bible (for the 52 line version)," because of the misprint in Ruth 3: 15, "She went into the Citie." Also, in Matthew 26:36 Judah, rather than Jesus, is described as making his way towards Gethsemane. David Norton in his Textual History of the King James Bible (2004) notes that this 1613 printing introduces four readings that have become standard, but probably the most significant, non-textual feature, is the smaller size, and as Norton notes, "designed as a cheaper alternative for poorer churches." Gruber 9. Herbert 322. Additional images available on request.  Additional images available on request.
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