PSALMS 59:4-63:3. “The Rock That is Higher Than I” (61:2). 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″. Light soiling; creased lower corner (see pics). 5 WOODCUT initials, 2 inhabited, both “H”s. With one “pointing hand” at 61:1. These Psalms express the OT metaphors of God as a super-strong “rock” that is utterly reliable, and a strong fortress; the rock of salvation (see 61:2; 62:6). 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.