The publisher has been extremely deceptive with its claim of being a "Word-for-word facsimile of the original 1611 Authorized Version." It is NOT! A "facsimile," by definition, is an "exact copy of the original." The original 1611 Authorized Version was printed with the gothic type face, as can be found in the Matthew's Bible of 1537. The first English Bible to ever use the roman type face was the Geneva Bible, the Bible of the Protestants (the Authorized Version is the Bible of the Anglican church).
If you want a true history of your Bible, you need to learn the history behind the Geneva Bible, as well as the history of every other English translation prior to the Geneva Bible. The KJV is not the history of the English Bible, nor was it the first English Bible. Our forefathers wanted NOTHING to do with the KJV when it was first published as it was a Bible of persecution, forcing people to use it. When Christians fled to the new world, they did so embracing their Geneva Bible--NOT the Authorized Version.
While this edition is a great addition to anyone's library, as a link to the past, nevertheless it is NOT a facsimile copy of the original 1611. Just go to some websites that deal in Bible antiquities and look at the images from original KJVs. They used gothic type face, NOT roman type face. In the same breath as claiming to be a "facsimile of the original," the publisher states, "with clearer modern type." If the type face was reset, if any part of it was reset for you to print, then it is NOT a facsimile. A scan of the page is a facsimile. A photocopy of the page is a facsimile. Anything that duplicates the page exactly as it is in an original and then reproduces it is a facsimile. This product was not produced that way. Hendrickson is extremely deceptive with its claims here.
It's a good quality item, but if you're looking for an actual replicated piece of the past, this item is NOT it!
Great gift for KJV Bible lovers and history buffs!
June 10, 2017
As an amateur linguist, history lover, and daily reader of the KJV Bible, I find this reprint of the original 1611 Authorized Version an absolute treasure! It's fun to see how the English language has changed over the past 400+ years. If you're familiar with the current KJV, it's easy to read along with the older spellings.
This edition is the size of a typical best-seller hardcover book and has classic "Bible paper" pages. The margins on each page contain alternate word meanings (kind of like an Amplified Bible) as well as some parallel/reference verses. Each chapter has the first letter illuminated with a floral motif. This volume contains fascinating supplements about the 1611 edition's history.
An elegant dust jacket surrounds a brown, imitation-leather hardcover embossed with gold letters. The ribbon marker is a bronze/gold color. This beautiful, compact edition is very reasonably priced and highly recommended!
I love this King James Bible of 1611. I was so surprised to find that the old King James I grew up on for 66 years matches up perfectly except for some words that were spelled differently in 1611. Words like, bleffed became blessed; sonne became son; vnto became unto; foreuer became forever; Iesus became Jesus; Heauen became Heaven, etc.. It is not difficult to understand at all. I am most thankful to the printer for printing this exactly as it first appeared. I highly recommend this Bible to all. This was put together beautifully.
This is absolutely beautiful. I got this one since it is a copy of the 1611 bible but without the apocrypha as I did not require it. I have one with it in but it is about half an inch thicker, which I find I don't need. You still get the 1611 Bible plus extra information about the history of the Bible coming up to the King James Bible. I love it and would recommend it to anyone who wants a piece of history.
"For the word of God is quicke and powerfull, and sharper then any two edged sword, pearcing euen to the diuiding asunder of soule and spirit, and of the ioynts, and marrowe, and is a discernier of the thoughts and intents of the heart." - Hebrewes IIII:12 (KJV 1611)
Pretty close to the Cambridge Edition we use today. When I hold this Bible I think of Wycliffe, Erasmus, Luther and Tyndale translating the Word of God.