The most requested facsimile ever is finally available for the first time in history!
In 1769 Dr. Benjamin Blayney completed his revision of the King James Bible and using Dr. Samuel Johnson’s first edition 1755 printing of the Johnson Dictionary the English language “came of age.” Spelling, punctuation, and grammar became standardized making it possible to teach succeeding generations the fledgling languages’ establishment as a great spoken and written language in the world of communication, commerce and education.
Our most popular facsimile in all of our inventory is the 1611 First Edition King James Bible. There are a number of curious comments that we’ve heard about this exact facsimile and here are just a few:
- Why are these words spelled so funny?
- Why is this so difficult to read?
- Why are there so many punctuation errors?
- Why are there so many mistakes?
The answer is quite simple to these questions. When the first King James Bible was printed there was not a dictionary. There was not a standarized spelling for most complicated words. The truth is there were many printing mistakes and when Dr. Blayney finished – he had corrected more than 20,000 spelling and punctuation “mistakes” done by Robert Barker and his printing presses that produced the 1611 King James Bible.
The Bible Museum is making it possible for every Bible loving person to own a facsimile of the first edition of the 1769 Revised Standard Oxford Edition King James Bible. This expert facsimile is designed to be displayed at an altar in your church, your business or your home. These large format 1769 Family Bibles measure a huge 15 inches tall by 10.5 inches wide by 3 inches thick, and they are bound by hand using the most beautiful and most durable cover of Italian Fiscagoma Buffalino selected to last a lifetime of daily use. This heirloom will be a true collector’s edition to be proudly displayed in observance of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation that we date from Martin Luther nailing the 95 Thesis to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany on October 31, 1517.
This includes an original revised first edition leaf from the reduced size Bible printed at the same time as the Pulpit Bible in 1769. The leaf comes with an essay on the history of the first edition King James Bible along with a signed Certificate of Authenticity.
1769 Deluxe Oxford Standardized Revision of the 1611 King James Bible
Compiled by Dr. Benjamin Blayney
While the original 1611 First Edition King James Bible remains our best-selling facsimile reproduction; most people are shocked to learn that the 1611 is actually not the source text used in nearly all published “King James Version” Bibles that have been printed for the past 250 years. In fact, it was the 1769 Standard Oxford Edition of the King James Version, as edited and compiled by Dr. Benjamin Blayney, which is the source text used by all Bible publishers to print “King James Version” Bibles for the past two and a half centuries up to today.
Blayney made extensive use of Dr. Samuel Johnson’s 1755 First Edition of the English Language Dictionary, which sought to bring uniform and correct modern spelling, punctuation, and formally accepted rules of grammar, to the English language for the first time. However, beyond simply correcting more than 20,000 spelling and punctuation “mistakes” in the 1611 King James Bible, such as using modern spellings like “city” rather than “citie”; Blayney also initiated more than 400 corrections of wording. Here are just three examples:
Numbers 6: 14
1611 to 1768 KJV Bibles: one lamb without blemish
1769 to 2020 KJV Bibles: one ram without blemish
Ezekiel 24: 7
1611 to 1768 KJV Bibles: poured it upon the ground
1769 to 2020 KJV Bibles: poured it not upon the ground
John 15: 20
1611 to 1768 KJV Bibles: The servant is not greater than the Lord.
1769 to 2020 KJV Bibles: The servant is not greater than his lord.
Every Deluxe Edition comes with a New Testament leaf from an un-restorable original First Edition 1769 Oxford Standardized Revision of the 1611 King James Bible.
Essentially, this 1769 edition is the first edition of the King James Version text that we all know and love today, however it has the additional benefit and feature of pre-dating the 1880’s removal of the 14 inter-testamental books called “Apocrypha”, which King James insisted on including in his 1611 edition and which were in nearly all Bibles from the very first Bibles up until the 1880’s. So you do have the full 80-Book Bible in this magnificent 1769 edition, just as you also do in the beloved 1611 original edition, in contrast to the edited so-called “King James Version” Bibles printed from the 1880’s up to today which contain only 66 Books.
Another improvement Blayney brought to the King James Version text, was to print it in a beautiful and easier-to-read Roman Typeface, rather than the fancy and much harder-to-read calligraphy-like ‘Gothic Blackletter Typeface of the 1611 edition. The Bible Museum has, however, preserved the wonderful Genealogy of Mankind from Adam to Christ and the John Speed Map of the Holy Land from the 1611 King James Bible, and included them in the prefatory area of this 1769 facsimile reproduction.
Measuring almost 16.5 inches tall by 10.5 inches wide by 3 inches thick, the Deluxe Edition binding is handcrafted from the finest genuine leather. It was issued in 2017 in observance of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation that we date from Martin Luther nailing the 95 Thesis to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany in 1517.
With an MSRP of $1,250, this 1769 facsimile edition is offered at an introductory cost of just $845 with free shipping in the USA (international shipping costs are detailed in the drop-down menu below). As a free bonus, we are including a genuine original leaf (page) from the 1769 quarto-sized printing of this 1769 folio-sized edition, along with a signed authenticity certificate for the leaf.
This large folio first edition of what has been known as the “King James Version” for the past two-and-a-half centuries… Blayney’s 1769 Oxford Standardized Revision of the King James Bible, makes a great Family Bible and heirloom to display in your home. Order yours today to take advantage of the introductory pricing.