1717 Monumental and Awe-inspiring ('Vinegar') Holy Bible, also known as a 'Baskett full of errors' - Alderley Parish - Antique Family Bibles and Early English Bibles

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    1717 Monumental and Awe-inspiring ('Vinegar') Holy Bible, also known as a 'Baskett full of errors' 
Size: VERY large folio 19" x 13" x 4.5" thick
Publisher: at London by John Baskett
VERY GOOD condition

Price: $4,750.00

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 [1717].”

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 Testament).

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. After the Title-Page (the first of the two title pages with the Moses/Aaron engraving is lacking) which is mounted to strengthen the title-page, the six following pages, are creased and wrinkled. In reasonably fair condition considering its age, not perfect but remember they were used on a daily basis (see pictures). The last two leaves are lacking and replaced by beautifully fine hand-writing at the time in the 18th century. First few and a few other pages throughout with minor cuts and tears, repaired with archival tape.Se about 70 pictures.
Overall a rare and sound example of this rare Bible
 
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