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  • Leather Bound: 1520 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 400th anniversary ed edition (Nov. 26 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199557608
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199557608
  • Product Dimensions: 28.7 x 23.1 x 6.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #55,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John on Sept. 24 2012
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Albeit rather unreadable in it's Olde English, the 400th anniversary reproduction of the 1611 Authourized Bible is an incredible keepsake for any student of scripture.
The modern printing does not take away from the unique character of the text and the appendium outlining the history of the original "King James" version shows how the Bible we know today has evolved in 400 years.
A great copy of a great book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vaughn Don on Nov. 23 2013
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This book is way better than the preview. I am totally impressed with the casing, the print, the genealogical reference diagrams, the narrations and of course the content, which includes the Apocrypha. It's old english, and so are a few of the lettering (ie. the "u" and "v" are reversed in some placements,.... capital "J" is used as "I",..... and "s" looks like "f" in some spots)

I thought i'd have difficulty reading it, but after a few sentences I began to get accustomed to the spelling anomalies, because despite the spelling differences, the words are still pronounced basically the same. Also, I keep a small post-it sheet with the lettering differences as reminder tucked at back for reference.

This is definitely a collectors item. I haven't seen this antique quality Bible, and references around before.
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88 of 89 people found the following review helpful
Physical Splendour at a bargain Feb. 23 2011
By Dr. Chuang Wei Ping - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Leather Bound Verified Purchase
The chap who said "Never judge a book by its cover" probably never ended up selling a single book. I could easily have walked by this Bible in a shop, which from the outside, looked unremarkable except for its size, and concealed in a dowdy maroon cloth covered slip-cover.

Yet the Anglican Journal uses superlatives like "Physical splendour" to describe this "Quartercentenary Edition, an exact reprint in Roman Type, page for page, line for line and letter for letter of the KJV otherwise known as the Authorized Version published in the year 1611 with an anniversary Essay by Gordon Campbell." "Quartercentenary" triggers off a spell-check alert, and it is a good thing we all understand that this does not mean 25 years.

(Thanks to a comment one year after this review: its QUA-, not quaR-. My spelling error in adding the "R", not the publisher's, so QUAtercentenary unambiguously means 400 years.)

The real burgundy leather over hard board covers has simple but solid gold stamping. It does not grab appeal. It slowly grows on you, very slowly I must add. The burgundy colour is a refreshing departure from the regular black covers. It is not a hip bible and its majesty took me some time to appreciate.

This bible is huge. The statistics of 11.3 x 9.1 x 2.4 inches and 6.3 pounds does not strike you as large until you are actually holding it. Of course, it is small in comparison to the original KJV, which is 17 inches tall, 30 pounds in weight, which may actually require two people to lift into the pulpit.

In a world of vertically longish bibles, it is rare to find one so exquisitely proportioned. The width of the bible being slightly over 0.8 times the height is the ideal W:L ratio. It is the width, which gives this bible a distinct presence. When it is open, it is a magnificent sight as a book with such a wide "wing-span" is very rare. To read this bible, the support of a table or a bed is needed. I prefer the bed.

The bible opens up flat. The margins are really wide, which adds to the aesthetics, and a great help to post-it users like me. The uncluttered layout makes the "bland" parts of the Old Testament easy to read.

For this review, I have bent the bible backwards to examine the binding "crash", "mull" or that thingy which supports the stitching. It looked even and nicely done when viewed with a fibre-optic light. The binding - the first book part to give way and also the least visible - looks strong and the hinges of the covers likewise. Some additional effort made to secure the hinges was visible. The binding will resist the shearing forces in the hands of those more accustomed to handling small "i"-phones than very big books. I think this bible was built to last. There is nothing which says that it is acid-free, although it looks like acid-free paper is used.

The pages are glare-free even under the strongest (halogen) or uneven lighting (like from a bedside lamp). The pages are thick matt-white, and do not stick together. Every leaf feels strong and does not crinkle easily. Not much of yellow highlighter ink seeps through to the reverse page of a leaf. The Apocrypha is between the New and Old Testaments so opening the bible in the centre does not find Psalms. Amazon describes one ribbon, but my copy has two claret red ribbons, one over Esther and another over Isaiah, so they are both symmetrical around the centre. The gold paint on the gilded edges do not appear to be thick enough as the fore-edges look whitish when the bible is open.

There is quite a bit of artwork in the earlier pages of this bible. The Title Page art is impressive.
The calendar retains some of the Gothic typeface of the original 1611 KJV. There are 33 pages of illustrated Genealogy in different artistic layouts. This 400th anniversary edition is large enough to have a Map of Canaan over two opposing pages, but the details are hard to make out, since this is not the original 30 pound KJV. The artwork in the Capital Letter block in the beginning of each chapter is really interesting. There are a lot of "A"s, as in "And it came to passe...", but it is amazing how many artistic variations there are for the capital "A" alone. There can be three different types of artwork for three separate "A"s appearing on the same spread. I estimate that there must be at least 100 different basic block artwork for the letter "A" alone, and I think I see some tiny variations in similar blocks.

The 11 ½ page essay by Gordon Campbell at the end of the text block gives a summary of the history of the KJV including how the Apocrypha (included in this bible) got excluded later. Very intriguing is Gordon Campbell pointing out that there are thousands of differences between the 1611 KJV and the present day bookshelf KJV. 1611 KJV Matthew 16:16 "thou art Christ" changed to "thou art the Christ", "the words of Jesus" Matthew 26:75 became "the word (singular) of Jesus".

Even a comma changed 2 Corinthians 5:2 from "for in this we grone earnestly, desiring to be clothed" to "for in this we grone, earnestly desiring to be clothed". There were 350 "typo"s, 250 in the text and 100 in the marginal notes. Mostly inconsequential, like Gel: for Gal:, or "plaine" in Leviticus 13:56 which should read "plague". Gordon Campbell then appends a separate 2-page list of some typos, like "brothe" for "brother" in Matthew 12. He does not go into errors in translation, and wisely too.

I note some comments about this bible being printed in China. Most of the 400th Anniversary ones are printed in China, and they are well done. I see it as a step forward. PRC will never allow politically sensitive material to be printed in China, and I sense that China is realising that persecuting Christians today is becoming a lost communist cause. I once commented that the most attentive listeners of sermons in Church are the government agents. To which a friend retorted, "Hallelujah, at least some in the secret police may still be Saved." Likewise, at least some in the bible making industry in China may still be Saved.

Book making has long been outsourced, and it is pretty tedious work with low profit margins. Unlike some branded goods, at least the savings on bibles have been passed on to consumers. The similar sized large print Dake KJV (also very large and heavy) is printed in Korea, while the compact Dake is printed in China. As China is getting less competitive, printing is moving to Vietnam and Indonesia. Gordon Campbell was very decent in claiming only a "moral right" to his essay, rather than a copyright.

A bible of "physical splendour" at a bargain price.

2011 Thanksgiving update: I notice that the cover has changed from the dowdy maroon to a more impressive black cover with more stamped embellishments. The old Amazon illustration was just a maroon rectangular blob. They said it was going to be a limited print edition. I suppose it is the classic maroon one is limited. I would never begrudge more of this bible being printed. Apparently the demand is high. For those in the USA entitled to Free Shipping from Amazon, this can be considered a further discount. It exceeds the standard weight and international buyers incur a weight surcharge on this heavy item.
80 of 81 people found the following review helpful
This is a wonderful Bible! Nov. 9 2010
By D. J. OROURKE - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Leather Bound Verified Purchase
I've had mine for about three weeks now and I am very pleased with it. It is large, and as such it's not a carry Bible and it's not a read in bed Bible. It is, however, a really pleasant experience reading this Bible at a desk. I happen to do a lot of my reading at my desk anyhow, so it works out great.

The layout of the text is fantastic, with lots of white space in the text, which makes it very easy reading. The line spacing is very generous as well. The references are just great; not nearly as overwhelming as, say, a 1560 Geneva or any modern reference Bible. I like the sparse references. There are lots of alternate readings provided, which I actually prefer over the cross-references. They really make reading the KJV much easier by clarifying vague or confusing verses.

WIDE MARGINS! Nowhere in the product description does it mention that is a fantastically wide margined Bible. I've never even seen a genuine 1611 KJV, so this kind of came as a surprise to me. But, wow, if your a note taking kind of person there is lots of open space for you to use. Basically something around 1 3/8 on the sides and just under and inch on the top and bottom. Another really nice thing is that the inside margins are big too, which means that NO text gets even close to the gutter. All the text is within a box on a flat sheet of paper no matter where you are in the Bible. Just a great presentation.

The font is not overly large considering the size of the book, but it is plenty big. Probably 9'ish sized font. The overall quality is really nice. I'm not sure that it's a "luxury" edition exactly, but for $50 it is a super fantastic buy. The leather cover, gilding, paper and binding all seem to be of a very high quality. I have zero issues with this Bible. For the purpose that it serves I can't recommend it enough. If you want a classic looking KJB for desktop reading, with big margins and 1611 content, buy this one... you won't regret it.

I get goosebumps when I read this by candlelight; simply amazing. God bless and peace to all my brothers and sisters in Christ!
79 of 86 people found the following review helpful
The mother of all bibles Oct. 24 2010
By Wu Wei - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a large and HEAVY bible! Also, it is a 1611 KJV bible which means that it is VERY, VERY, VERY different from the ordinary King James bibles. For anyone who wants all of that, that is, anyone who wants a large, heavy 1611 King James bible will be happy with this edition.

Besides being 8.5 X 11 inches in size, this bible is over two inches thick. It has heavy, quality paper, along with a very sturdy and heavy cover, so it is HEAVY. It is uncomfortable to hold in the lap, and it cannot safely be read while opened with one hand. However, the font is large and clear enough that it can be read in bed with a tilting bed stand. Without such a stand, the only real option is to read the bible while it is laying flat on a table. If that is not acceptable, the buyer should consider smaller, lighter 1611 King James bibles instead of this one.

Like any 1611, this is very different from any KJV or modern bible. The spelling is phonetic, and very different from today's spelling. For example, "been" is spelled "bene" and "do" is spelled as "doe".

Also some letters are actually "switched" while printing. For example, modern "v" is often printed as "u" and modern "u" is often printed as "v". So "unto" is spelled "vnto", "up" as "vp", "have" as "haue", and "love" as "loue". "joy" is spelled "ioy" and "Jesus" is spelled as "Iesus".

Overall the print quality of this bible is excellent. However 3 of the last pages of the Revelation and one page of the appendix following that have a single dark bar across the bottom. This can make one line of the page harder to read. The paper quality is excellent and the print is consistent and easy to read. The edges of the pages are gilt all the way around.
31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
This is the authentic 1611 King James Bible, not the impostor April 27 2011
By Michael Hoffman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Leather Bound Verified Purchase
This is the authentic 1611 King James Bible. It is an Oxford University Press reprint of the 1611 edition with all its particular spellings, but set in easier to read Roman type. Almost all other so-called "King James Bibles" sold today do not contain the text of the original and would hardly be recognizable to King James. They are, rather, a product of changes by two editors working more than a century later, F.S. Parris, who made significant alterations for a 1743 printing by Cambridge University Press, and Benjamin Blayney who, building on Parris, made major changes on every page, for an Oxford University Press edition published in 1769.

Almost all "King James Bibles" purchased new today contain the redacted and modernized (according to 18th century principles; 18th century grammar imposed on a 17th century text) 1769 version of the King James, which incorporates thousands of alterations. Contemporary Bible publishers do not trumpet this fact. It has largely been kept from the public.

The 1769 text presents falsified versions of Genesis 47:6, Matt. 26:75, Jeremiah 1:13, 2 Cor. 5:2 I Cor. 13:2, to give but a few examples of the tampering with the text authorized by King James I, that is printed under his name by modern publishing houses, in an act of flagrant misrepresentation.

Some would say that these changes, however numerous, are all minor and hence, to protest them amounts to little more than a quibble. These apologists argue that the revised text is essentially the same, that "neither the narrative nor the teaching has been affected by the process of revision."

Adherents of the authentic and original King James counter that the changes amount to a conspiracy to suppress the purity and consequently to some degree, the doctrine, of the original.

Without choosing sides in this debate, it is an undeniable fact that "King James" Bibles printed by publishing houses at present are guilty of false advertising, which is a type of fraud. The public have the right to know what they are buying. This would seem to be a right of the marketplace. All of the edited King James Bibles (in other words virutally every edition published today), should prominently bear the notice, "Revised 1769 Edition," although in that case they probably would not sell very well, since there is intense nostalgic investment among the public in the original King James text. One would think that truth in advertising would be obligatory when it comes to marketing the Word of God; not so.

Happily, the text under review here, "The Holy Bible: Quatercentenary Edition" from Oxford University Press (for some reason Amazon titles it "King James Bible: 400th Anniversary Edition"), ISBN 978-0-19-955760-8, is a rare gem destined to be an heirloom for lovers of great literature, and a sacred artifact for prayer and study among Christians who care to read the "real McCoy," or in this case, "the pure James," as he authorized it in 1611.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Nice addition Feb. 15 2011
By Beukeboom - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Leather Bound Verified Purchase
Since I have several good Bibles which I use in my studies I purchased this Bible mostly for the historical nature of it. I wanted to get a 1611 KJV fascimile Bible but those are quite exepensive. This fits the bill nicely for me. Other reviewers have already adequately described the Bible (although I admit it's actually NOT the heaviest Bible in my collection -- that distinction goes to my Bicentennial KJV Bible which is heavier by a couple of pounds) so I won't duplicate their efforts. Suffice to say I am very pleased with the quality.

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