John Baskett and the Vinegar Bible

In the early 18th century, the first edition of the Baskett Bible was considered, “one of the most beautiful Bibles ever produced!”

Printed by John Baskett, the leading publisher of English Bibles in England and Scotland, it was described in grand terms for the beauty of its hand-tooled cover, typeface, lavish decoration, and quality vellum.

Unfortunately, the Bible contained a number of typographical errors, earning the nickname “Baskett-ful of errors.”

No doubt, in part, referring to the words at the top of the page where Luke 20:9 introduces Jesus's "parable of the vineyard" as Jesus's "Parable of the Vinegar," forever branding "the most beautiful Bible ever produced" as the "Vinegar Bible!"

Engage with the Bible—in all the stories surrounding this Book of books over the centuries!

View Book Minute Archives Sign Up for Our Free 1-Minute Feature