PSALMS 23-27. “The Lord is my Shepheard” (23:1). FIRST EDITION. Known as The Great “She” Bible, the “Queen” of 1611 Bibles. Editorially corrected following the 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; wide margins (16″ x 10.75″) with partly frayed outer edges, binding impressions to inner margin, and light soiling to lower margin. 5 WOODCUT initials, “V” inhabited. This, the most popular text in the Old Testament following Genesis 1, sings prayers empowered by faith/trust in God who, like a shepherd, tenderly cares for his people (esp. Ps 23 and 27); these themes are carried into the New Testament (see esp. John 10:1-18 and 21:15-19). COA on premium “gold leaf” paper w. signature and seal. Leaf and COA set in a museum-quality Archival Booklet. Includes Priority Shipping.