The “Great She” Pulpit Folio Edition of 1613/11
The Holy Bible. London: Barker, 1613 – 1611.
The/Holy/Bible,/Conteyning the Old Testa-/ment, and the New:/ Newly Translated out of/the Originall Tongues: and with/the former Translations diligently/compared and reuised, by his/Maiesties speciall Com-/mandement./Appointed to be read in Churches./Imprinted/at London by Robert/Barker, Printer to the/King’s most Excellent/Maiestie./Anno Dom. 1611.
Folio edition of the King James Bible, known as the “Great She” Bible. Fry’s “first edition, second issue, without reprints” of the King James Bible. The general title is dated 1611 and the New Testament title is dated 1613. This issue was, in fact, printed in 1611 though delayed in distribution. The main distinguishing point sought by dealers and collectors is in Ruth 3:15 where in the first issue Ruth is referred to as “he” (the “Great He” Bible) and in the second issue (copy at hand) Ruth is correctly referred to as “she.”
But there are other distinguishing points to be reckoned and in the copy at hand, these all match the bibliographies as called for, with one exception: leaf Xxxx3 in Baruch is headlined Ecclesiasticus, which is a point of the first issue “Great He” Bible of 1611. Matthew 26:36 has the called-for misprint “Judas” here corrected in the old manuscript to “Jesus.” Bound without the sometimes inserted map.
The printed text of this copy ends with leaf [Aa5], chipped into text; the text of the final printed leaf [Aa6] of Revelation was lovingly supplied long ago on two manuscript leaves, but now even those are partially perished and restored. The genuine general title page is heavily chipped and mounted. A few preliminary leaves are chipped with repairs/extensions. Very minor occasional inevitable staining and a few tears and repairs – but overall this text block is exceptionally clean and bright throughout. Very comfortably margined.
Bound in superb full paneled calf over thick heavy beveled boards with metal bosses and cornerpieces, some damaged or partially lost and the remains of original straps and clasps, now perished. Rebacked with a brown morocco lettering piece.