1762 ‘Standard’ Edition | Rescued from the Ashes
The most scarce of all 1st Edition of the 1611 King James Bible
1762 1st edition 1611 King James Family Bible. Super Quarto 10.30” by 7.44”. J. Benthan: Cambridge Herbert 1143
The rarest of the “modern Englishing of the 1611 King James Versions” supervised by Dr. F.S. Paris of Sussex College, Cambridge and H. Therold, a Fellow of Magdalene.
The project was initiated by the publishing of the 1st edition English dictionary by Dr. Samuel Johnson in 1755. Over 4 years a team of scholars, working virtually anonymously, made thousands of corrections in spelling, punctuation, unifying and extending the use of italics and removing printers’ errors. Marginal annotations, which had been growing in Bibles since 1660, although excluded from others, were finally received into the place they have occupied ever since, sundry new ones being added.
The super quarto was printed first and sent to the warehouse for binding awaiting the completion of the Pulpit Bible. Disaster struck! A catastrophic fire destroyed over 98% of the printed sheets of both the pulpit and quarto.
Only a few copies were rescued from the ashes!.
More of the quarto printings survived, perhaps as few as 30 units. This virtually perfect copy is offered in a fine binding by Starr Bookworks.
This monumental achievement in revision resulted in the publishing of the standard Oxford Edition in 1769. The end result is hundreds of millions, of what we call the 1611 King James Version, which has been published and distributed wherever the English people colonized throughout the world. God’s Word went free!