PSALMS 28:1-32:2. “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven” (32:1). 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 with wide margins, 16.0″ x 10.5″. Light soiling to lower margin; creases to lower corner (see pics). 5 WOODCUT initials. Many themes are interwoven here. The psalmist extols God’s strength and shield (28:7); in the final judgment he is “not put to shame” (31:1; see Rom 1:16 and elsewhere) but rescued from Sheol and restored to life (30:3, a clear resurrection theme); all this based on the forgiveness of sins (32:1) by a trustworthy God (31:14). 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.