Ohio bookstore selling rare 1st-edition King James Bible, printed in 1611, for $85K

by Adam Ford · Feb 22nd, 2020 7:22 pm

An Ohio rare books store is putting a rare, original-edition King James Bible, printed in 1611, up for sale next week for $85,000.

Owen Kubik told Disrn that the Bible "is one of fewer than 200 first-edition KJV Bibles which are known to exist."

Kubik Fine Books President Owen Kubik explains:

"The King James Bible is distinctive in that it is not only one of the most treasured and long lasting translations of the Bible into English but also one of the monumental works of English literature. It is still widely used in churches today and is known for some of the most beautiful prose in the English language. The words of the King James Bible resonate through our lives today."

The rare Bible came from the estate of a private collector in Texas, Owen Kubik says.

According to the Dayton Daily News:

There are two versions of the first edition in circulation, [Kubik] explained in his release: A "Great He Bible" and a "Great She Bible," a reference to a typo in one version's Ruth 3:15, in which the pronoun "he" is used instead of the correct "she."

Said Kubik: "We have the ‘Great She' version."

The King James translation was begun in 1604 and completed and published in 1611 under the sponsorship of King James VI and I.

All images courtesy of Kubik Fine Books.


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