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This bible is a fascimile reproduction of the 1611 King James Bible. Zondervan was able to produce the bible with the help of Greatsite.com. It uses the same bold, gothic print that was used in the 1611 KJV. Other publishers, like Hendrickson, change the font to a Roman type to make it easier to read. That isn't necessarily bad, but it is not an authentic look. The next lowest price bible fascimile reproduction of the 1611 KJV that I am aware of is $179. Of course, that one is bigger (not quite full size). This one is a hand size bible that's about 2.5 inches thick.
This particular edition is printed on paper that is much like that of an average paperback book. It's not bible paper which explains why it is so thick. The hardcover is covered in an imitation leather-like covering that isn't too bad. The beginning contains the dedication to King James, the translators to reader, genealogies, and some other info. Unfortunately, they did cut out the Apocrypha which is disappointing.
All in all, this is an excellent bible for at this price. If you are trying to buy a bible for general reading, this isn't it as it uses a Gothic type. This bible is a great way to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible.
Pros: - It's the 1611 King James! - Preserves original fonts in the text, prefaces, everything - Small, a departure from the massive folio-sized original - It's only $8 ($5 at WalMart) <<<
Cons: - Missing the Apocrypha - Not sturdy (cheap materials) - Small (feels too small at times) - Light fading on some pages, but especially on the chapter headings (not illegible)
Use/buy... if you enjoy Bible history. if you enjoy the bible. if you enjoy history. if you're fascinated by the King James Version. if you collect Bibles. if you're a Protestant or Evangelical who has any interest in your sect of Christianity. if you want a small Bible to carry around and spark discussion. if you have $8 burning a hole in your pocket. if you have $8. if you can borrow some money from a friend.
Do not use/buy... if you have difficulty reading thick Gothic font. as a regular study Bible. as the official family Bible. in the youth group bonfire. if you are interested in perusing the Apocrypha. if you're expecting the Spanish Inquisition (they'll burn you for owning it...). if you want a small Bible that will stand up to constant use. as a first/gift Bible to a new believer. if you are old and received any satisfaction from viewing William Tyndale's trial and execution. if you dislike Zondervan. if you hate religious freedom.
Perfect for: leaving on your bedside table to pick up and read a Psalm or Proverb in the morning.
Last year, one couldn't find a 1611 King James replica for less than $179 (and that's the reduced size reference variant!).Read more ›
On Aprl 1, 2011, I saw this book displayed with no fanfare at WalMart in a narrow cardboard bookcase near the door. The up-front price caught my eye, $4.97 for a hard-bound thick volume. I flipped a couple of pages and immediately knew I had found a personal treasure.
Other reviewers complain about the typography, but the time to become familiar with this comparatively recent appearance in literature is worth the small effort. I have no problem with the typeface because I studied German for three years in public school. Our texts had the same appearance (lower-case 's' looks like 'f' and doubled 's' looks like a upper-case B). Only casual mention was made of this type style by the teacher because it was not difficult.
About the reduced type, I remember salivating over the two-volume edition of the complete Oxford English Dictionary which came with a large rectangular magnifying glass and a slipcase in the 1960's.
Along with my first Bible for my approaching twelfth birthday in 1947, this copy shares a place of honor on my bookcase shelf.
Earlier today I stumbled onto the Great Site page. All this time I thought my several King James Bibles were unadulterated. Even with the omission of the Apocrypha, this is a treasure.
Claire Morland (real name)
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With this being the 400 anniversary of the first edition of the 1611 KJV I had expected (and hoped) that someone would release a moderately priced reproduction.
This is the only one I had found so far that was reasonably priced: [..]
I have had the Hendrickson (1833 Oxford) edition for a number of years. And while the text is the same as a 1611 fist edition the font is not.
When I came across this Zondervan edition at WalMart for $4.97 it was a no brainer.
Some reviewers have noted (and complained about) the fact that this edition does not have the Apocrypha.
Perhaps they should have looked at the book or read the publisher's `Product Description' prior to purchasing it.
"There are only two differences between this special 400th anniversary edition and the original 1611 KJV---it does not contain the deuterocanonical books and has been reduced from its massive 12" x 16" pulpit-sized folio to this manageable keepsake."