1717 Elephant-size ('Vinegar') Holy Bible, AKA a 'Baskett full of errors', exquisitely engraved in beautiful binding - Antique Family Bibles and Early English Bibles

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    1717 Elephant-size ('Vinegar') Holy Bible, AKA a 'Baskett full of errors', exquisitely engraved in beautiful binding
Size: Elephant folio, (19.00'' tall x 12.50'' wide x 4.50'' thick)
Publisher: at London by John Baskett
VERY GOOD condition
Bible is SOLD
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” rather than “The Parable of the Vineyard,” and is bound in  leather covers with a 6 bands raised leather spine.
Herbert (#943) calls is "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 rarer 'B' variant with Two general titles, the first one showing an ornamental engraving of the temple with Moses and Aaron. The second full 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). This edition was authorized for use in the pulpit, and this copy very likely was so used, however not very much as it the pages almost are 'as new' - even though they are almost 300 years old! The volume is complete in all respects. It 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, with the general title showing a particularly fine view of Oxford.
Collates complete. With engraved frontis & printed title. Separate New Testament printed title. A very good crisp copy in the main. A little damp staining to the first dozen leaves or so. A couple of leaves with small lower inner marginal professional page repairs. The vast majority of the bible in very good solid & clean condition. Minor marks/blemishes or light browning in the odd place. Engraved head & tail pieces to each book of the bible. Bound in full contemporary black calf.  Rebacked in an antique style. Black calf spine with a gilt lettered antique style label, raised bands.
A very handsome & solid period binding.
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