Gorgeous and truly magnificent: The
famous and monumental ‘Vinegar Bible,’ also known as the ‘Baskett
full of errors,’ and generally acknowledged as the most magnificent
Bible printed in England. The text is the King James Version of the
English Bible and was printed in large folio by J. Baskett at Oxford
in 1717-16. The volume is adorned with numerous beautiful engraved
headpieces and tailpieces depicting scenes from the Bible (about 60
in total, about 1/4 of a page each), further adorned with engraved
initials, includes the famous typographical error in the headline of
Luke XX that reads “The Parable of the Vinegar”
Herbert (#942) calls it "A magnificent edition, printed in large
type. With many plates at the beginning and end of books, engraved
in steel from the designs of various artists. Some of the initial
letters are similarly engraved ... "
This edition is the somewhat rarer illustrated 'B' variant.
The general title (engraved in black and red) reads as follows:
“The Holy Bible, Containing the Old Testament and the New: Newly
Translated out of the Original Tongues: And with the former
Translations Diligently Compared and Revised. By His Majesty’s
Special Command. Appointed to be Read in Churches. Oxford,
Printed by John Baskett, Printer to the King’s Most Excellent
Majesty, for Great Britain; and to the University. M DCC XVII
Famously, John Baskett set out to print the most beautiful, largest,
and finest illustrated Bible ever printed, and he largely achieved
his vision with this masterpiece of typography and illustration,
printed in 1717 (Old Testament and Apocrypha) and 1716 (New
Equally famously, however, the glory of the typography was not
matched by the accuracy of the proofreading, and the text is filled
errors. The most famous of these errors was the misprint in the
headline of Luke XX, which ought to have read “The Parable of the
Vineyard,” but instead read “The Parable of the Vinegar.” As a
result, this edition of the Bible has, since its first appearance,
been known as the ‘Vinegar Bible.’ The bounteous nature of the
edition’s misprints has also led to its appellation as the ‘Baskett
full of errors’ (playing upon the printer’s name).
As printer to King George II and
to the University of Oxford between 1711 and his death in 1742, John
Baskett was responsible for printing many fine books. However his
name is remembered above all for his 1717-1716 imprint of the Holy
Bible should have been one of the highlights of Baskett's career.
Instead so many printing mistakes were made that people referred to
his Bible as a "Baskett-ful of errors.”
This edition was authorized for use in the pulpit, and this copy
very likely was so used.
The volume comprises the complete text of the Old Testament,
Apocrypha, and New Testament, along with the two title pages and the
preliminaries. Both titles display beautiful engravings. The volume
measures about 19" x 13" x 4.5"
The preliminary matter includes
table of lessons and Kalendar. Text OT ends on Zzz 2 a; Apocrypha
end on Qqqq 3 b; NT ends on Y4b. Printed in large type, with many
plates at the beginning and end of books, engraved on steel from the
designs of various artists. Many of the initial letters are
similarly engraved. Printed by John Baskett at the Clarendon
Printing -house, Oxford
Book Description: Printed By John Baskett, Oxford, 1717. Full Calf.
Book Condition: VERY GOOD - binding very professionally
restored. New - contemporary style - blind stamped leather with
metal corners and clasps with new spine. A sound example of the Vinegar Bible,
this example bound in one mighty volume.
last page of Revelation is missing. First few pages of the Prelims
with tears, repaired with archival tape. Calendar pages of somewhat
smaller size. Some typical foxing. Otherwise a good collectable, very rare Bible. See about 70
Overall a rare and sound
example of this rare Bible