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This first edition, first printing of the “standard” edition prepared by Dr. F. S. Paris of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge and H. Therold, fellow of Magdalene was a remarkable and stunning achievement.
Following the 1755 publication of Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary – the first English dictionary – this edition of the King James Version (“Authorized Version” in the UK) was the first with standardized spelling.
This edition is the most important textual revision for over a century in both directions.
“In this Bible a serious attempt was made to correct the text of King James’ version by amending the spelling and punctuation, unifying and extending the use of italics, and removing printers’ errors. Marginal annotations, which had been growing in some Bibles since 1660, although excluded from others, were finally received into the place they have occupied ever since, sundry new ones being added” (Herbert, p. 274).
“It is of great importance, as being in the main the foundation of our modern Bible… Much care was taken over it” (Dore, J.R., Old Bibles, or an Account of the Various Versions of the English Bible, London: 1876).
Dr. F. S. Scrivener, also a brilliant scholar on the King James Bible says “Dr. Paris performed his task with more diligence, exactness and moderation than his Oxford successor [i.e. Dr. Benjamin Blayney of Hertford College, 1796 ed.] Paris’s edition had no real circulation chiefly by reason of a large portion of the impression being destroyed by fire in Dod’s warehouse” (Scrivener, The Authorized Edition, 1884, pp. 28ff).
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Item # KFP1762
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