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The Authorised Version of the English Bible 1611

The King James Version of the Bible was first published in 1611. Its literary brilliance is well known and its words and phrases have had a unique influence on the English language. Four hundred years on it is still widely used, and is the version of choice for ceremionial Bibles — for example, it is the King James Bible which will be used in King Charles' Coronation ceremony.

There were two printings in 1611, both carried out by Robert Barker, the King's Printer of the day. The first contained a number of errors which were corrected in the second printing, so even the two earliest editions contain many variations.

Most of today's KJV Bibles use a text with hundreds of small changes introduced by editors and printers in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries - some accidentally, some intentionally. The text commonly available now is actually that of the 1769 revision, not that of 1611.

In 1909, Cambridge scholar William Aldis Wright represented the original text of the first edition in a clear and readable form, together with a list of variations between the two 1611 printings.

Cambridge has reissued that edition as part of its digital reprint programme for classic and previously out-of-print books.

  • standard book paper
  • marginal notes
  • list of variations between the two 1611 printings
  • Translators' Preface

Product details

Typography: Garamond 11/11

Page size: 216 x 140 mm

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