ISAIAH 57:18-60:4. “Arise, Shine, Thy Light Has Come!” (60:1). FIRST EDITION. Known as The Great “She” Bible, the “Queen” of 1611 Bibles. First editorial correction of the original, uncorrected “He” variant, differing chiefly in obscure spellings, word spacing and woodcuts. Census about 175 “He” and 450 “She” Bibles extant. Printed in 1611 (and immediately thereafter) and published 1611-1613, in London, by Robert Barker, according to extant title pages. Experts disagree whether the “He” and the “She” should count as a single edition with two variants, or as two distinct editions. Reference: Herbert 319. All 59-line folio leaves (1611 He, 1611 She, 1617, 1634, 1640) are interchangeable, so buyer beware. Nonetheless, each leaf can be determined with certainty.
FINE+ condition; reasonable margins (15.25″ x 10″ — see full page pics) with a small stain at the lower corner, and a fold-over upper corner (see close-up pics). With 3 WOODCUT initials. This section of Isaiah, known by scholars as “Third Isaiah” (Ch. 56-66), celebrates the release of the Israelite captives from Babylon. The cry, “Arise, shine, for thy light has come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee” (60:1) is the leit motif of this new act of God in Israel’s history. The preceding chapters prepare Israel for living in the new reality. COA on premium “gold leaf” paper with signature and seal. Leaf and COA set in a museum-quality Archival Booklet with archival sleeves. Includes Priority Shipping.