“The Wicked Bible” – Corrected

“The Wicked Bible” – Corrected

Collection ID

BIB.000197

Type

Bible - Printed Book

Date

1631

Geography

London, (England)

Language

English

Medium

Printed on paper

Dimensions

6.5 × 4.75 × 2.5 in. (16.5 × 12.1 × 6.4 cm)

Exhibit Location

On view in The History of the Bible, The King James Bible


In 1631, an edition of the King James Bible was published containing a printing error at Exodus 20:14, which here reads “Thou shalt commit adultery.” The printer, Robert Barker, was said to have been fined £300 for the error. Most copies of that edition were either corrected or destroyed as 1,000 copies of this Bible were ordered suppressed. This copy was corrected by the insertion of a new page with the corrected text, “Thou shalt not commit adultery.”

Printed in 1631 by Barker and Assigns of John Bill, London, England. Acquired by Jonathan Byrd, Rare Book Collector, Goodyear, Arizona;[1] Privately purchased in 2010 by Green Collection, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Donated in 2014 to Museum of the Bible, Washington, DC.

Notes: [1] Jonathan Byrd’s Rare Book bookplate on the front pastedown.

description

In 1631, an edition of the King James Bible was published containing a printing error at Exodus 20:14, which here reads “Thou shalt commit adultery.” The printer, Robert Barker, was said to have been fined £300 for the error. Most copies of that edition were either corrected or destroyed as 1,000 copies of this Bible were ordered suppressed. This copy was corrected by the insertion of a new page with the corrected text, “Thou shalt not commit adultery.”


provenance

Printed in 1631 by Barker and Assigns of John Bill, London, England. Acquired by Jonathan Byrd, Rare Book Collector, Goodyear, Arizona;[1] Privately purchased in 2010 by Green Collection, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Donated in 2014 to Museum of the Bible, Washington, DC.

Notes: [1] Jonathan Byrd’s Rare Book bookplate on the front pastedown.


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