May 2, 2011 marks the 400th anniversary of the Authorized Version of the Bible (aka the King James Version).
To honor the milestone, Hendrickson Publishers has released the only word-for-word facsimile of the original 1611 Authorized Version on the market. In other words, this edition of the KJV Bible preserves the exact wording of the original 1611 printing’s scripture, marginal notes, translators’ notes, and preface.
The decorative initials and occasional printmakers’ art are a beautiful touch to this KJV Bible. Academically speaking, it’s exact wording of the 1611 edition with Apocrypha makes it a must for scholars and collectors. However, that same phrasing and spelling make it rocky reading for most users.
S.Iohn. CHAP. III 16
For God so loued y world, that he gaue his only begotten Sonne : that whosoeuer beleeueth in him , should not perish, but haue everlasting life.
Iames. CHAP. I 27
Pure religion and vndefiled before God and Facher, is this, to visit the fatherlesse and widowes in their affliction, and to keepe himselfe vnspotted from the world.
The thick black genuine leather cover is quite stiff and will need considerable breaking in before it can stay open on its own. It will take patience to tenderize it to the point it can lay flat while open. Durability certainly is not a question with this cover paired and its Smyth-sewn binding. Once broken in, it makes for an enjoyable vintage read with the leather’s course texture and faint scent.
Considering its craftmanship and academic value, Hendrickson Publishers has made the genuine leather 1611 KJV Edition pleasantly affordable. Other available editions include hardcover and deluxe hand-bound leather.
Translation: King James Version (KJV)
Publisher: Hendrickson Publishers (2010)
Cover: genuine leather (black)
Binding: Smyth-sewn with ribbon marker
Pages: 1,536 pages with gilded edges
Type: 8 point
Dimensions: 5.25″ x 8.25″ x 1.25″
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