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King James – 1617 – ECCLESIASTES 1-2


“Vanity of Vanities”


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ECCLESIASTES 1:1-2:26. “Vanity of Vanities”. Printed in London by R. Barker, 1617. The 2nd 59-line LARGE FOLIO edition (counting the First Edition 1611 “He” and “She” variants as a single edition, and the 72-line 1613 folio being a separate edition altogether). Reference: Herbert 353. With 2 Woodcut initials (1 HUGE). FINE- condition overall. Corners with wear and minor stains or creases or tears (see pics). Biblical text and Notes are wholly intact. Text includes a passionate cry (to God) the life is not fair, that all is vanity; it is the starting point for any reflection on the creative purposes of God.

The 1617 edition is nearly identical to the 1611 edition, with differences in some word spacing, spelling, and woodcut design — only an expert can distinguish the two editions! The leaves of the 1611 and 1617 editions were printed to be fully interchangeable. Census: 1611 “He”, 175 copies; 1611 “She” 450 copies; 1617, 225 copies. While the number of extant 1617 Bibles is about the same as the 1611 “He” Bibles, demand dictates price.

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King James / 1617




15" x 10"