PSALMS 41:12-45:15. “Wee are counted as sheepe for the slaughter” (44:22). 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 10.75″. Micro-cuts (binding holes) and micro-curl to the outer edge; creased outer corners (see pics). 4 WOODCUT initials, with 1 inhabited “M” and 1 historiated “I”. The cry of dereliction in Psalm 42:9 is a possible contender to Psalm 22:1, depending on one’s view of historical memory. But the theme in 44:20-22 is axiomatic for martyrs that, like sheep to the slaughter, those who witness to God are slain “all the day long.” 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.