By W. J. Loftie
William John Loftie (1839-1911) wrote prolifically on issues relating to commute, artwork, structure, and historical past. during this 1872 paintings, his acknowledged wish was once to enquire these variations of the permitted model released within the century following the preliminary 1611 textual content. Noting that different historians had 'stopped brief' while achieving that said end result of English biblical scholarship, he went additional, claiming it was once 'no exaggeration to claim that our smooth Bible is altered all through from its unique, for the higher in a few locations, for the more serious in some'. His catalogue and dialogue of a few of the texts concerned integrated these from the British and Bodleian Libraries including extra lists from students Lea Wilson and Francis Fry. Surveying English versions of the Bible released in the course of a occasionally contentious century, Loftie's paintings unearths how printing and modifying practices did, over the years, have an effect on even the likely static permitted model of the Bible.
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Many examples which are named in Sale Catalogues are not to be found. In fuch cafes the catalogue in which the miffing volume is named will be mentioned, unlefs good reafons exift for fufpecting that a miftake has been made. It will alfo be feen that in feveral places Mr. Lea Wilfon's eftimate of the fize has been departed 30 Si Century of from. This is only done when the fignatures are fufficiently orderly to allow of an accurate eftimate. In other cafes, editions named by him will be found differently entered: this is becaufe he gave but one date, the firft, and it is not therefore fometimes poffible to diftinguifh the edition intended.
In the Britilh Mufeum it is in this edition: while the woodcut title deicribed below is in the fecond ifTue of this year. See No. 2. The plate reprefents Mofes and Aaron at either fide of a Tablet: the four Evangelifts are below : the Divine name, furrounded by rays, above. On the tablet, " T h e Holy Bible, Conteyning the Old Teftament and the New: Newly Tranflated out of the Originall tongues : and with the former Tranflations diligently compared and reuifed, by his Maiefties Speciall Comandement.
22. 17. 7. Moreover during the time of the late Parliament, great numbers of Bibles in a large 120 volume, were imported from Holland in 1656 with this falfe Title (Imprintedat London by Rob. Barker, &c. ) wherein Mr. Kiffin and Mr. Hills cannot be excufed, (if reports be true,) being contrary to the feveral Acts of Parliament of 20 0 Sep. 1649. and 7. Janu, 1652. forregulating of Printing. Wherein are fo many notorious Erratas, falfe Englifh, Nonfenfe, and Corruptions, that in reading part of Genefis, I found 30 grand faults, as Cap.