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Comment: Condition: Excellent condition., Excellent condition dust jacket. Binding: Oversized Hardcover. / Edition: First Edition, 1st Printing Publisher: Viking Studio Edtion / Pub. Date: 1999 Attributes: 994 p. ill. 32 cm. / Illustrations: Moser, Barry. Stock#: 2060944 (FBA) * * *This item qualifies for FREE SHIPPING and Amazon Prime programs! * * *
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The Holy Bible: King James Version / The Pennyroyal Caxton Bible Hardcover – October 1, 1999


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1024 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Studio; First Edition edition (October 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670887978
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670887972
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 8.6 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

The Holy Bible, designed and illustrated by Barry Moser, is as thrilling an experience as you'll ever find inside a dust jacket. Moser, the foremost fine press illustrator of our time, spent four years crafting the 232 relief engravings that illustrate this Bible. Printed in a deluxe limited edition by the Pennyroyal Caxton Press, Moser's Bible is also available in a reasonably-priced Viking Studio edition on acid-free paper, with a satin ribbon marker, specially-sewn binding, and cloth case. These details give the book, as a physical object, a weight and presence that dignifies its reader. It is no overstatement to say that when you begin turning the pages revelation occurs. Even from the first illustration--Adam and Eve, with unapologetically adult bodies, breathtakingly chunky and imperfect, making their way along a stream in the Garden of Eden--it's clear that Moser has a vision of God and humanity whose humility will change the way you see the world.

There are so many surprises here: Abram is jaunty (a surprise at first, but one would have to be to say "Here I Am."); Balaam's Ass stretches his mouth wide, teeth bared, conveying the comic terror of the idea that God would speak through his creatures; "Jesus Rabonni," Moser's first illustration of the Savior, depicts Jesus as such a goofy, joyful, solid man that your heart will leap, wanting to be with him. And in some measure, Moser's Bible will bring everyone who touches it a little closer to that rabbi. --Michael Joseph Gross

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An acclaimed artist and former fundamentalist preacher, Barry Moser began the Pennyroyal Caxton Bible, as it's known, about twelve years ago. He has received praise for his illustrated versions of books such as Moby Dick and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, but he approached this undertaking more carefully, with an "awe-striking" sense of reverence.

The engravings themselves, almost two hundred and fifty scattered throughout both testaments, aren't the light and airy depictions that one might expect of biblical imagery. White-on-black, dark and frequently bleak, Moser's collection of images lends an ominous power to much of the book's resonance text. -- Books, September/October 1999


More About the Author

Barry Moser is the prizewinning illustrator and designer of nearly three hundred books for children and adults. He is widely celebrated for his dramatic wood engravings for the only twentieth-century edition of the entire King James Bible illustrated by a single artist. He is the Printer to the College at Smith College where he is Professor in Residence in the department of art. His work can be found in the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC; the Metropolitan Museum; and The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, among scores of other libraries and collections. He lives in western Massachusetts.

Customer Reviews

These are very limited collectors editions.
Richard S. Sullivan
Why they ever decided to remainder this book, I do not know, but it is truly a loss to everyone.
J. Himes
This is about the illustrations for each of the collection of books that is The Bible.
taking a rest

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65 of 70 people found the following review helpful By vic spicer on November 18, 1999
Format: Hardcover
this is an amazing value for the money- one of the most beautifully produced books i've seen, it's easily on par with the work of london's folio society.
illustrations- well, they boggle the mind. moser's people are beautifully alive and imperfect- see pg. 765 "the annunciation"; the look on mary's face holds a world of feelings.
the removal of verse index numbers makes the text much more readable. moser's choice of fonts, layout, odd little mark symbols (i know there's a name for them) and the occasional RED letter makes this awe-inspiring work even more beautiful.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Richard S. Sullivan on March 5, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Now this has to be one of the weirder things in life: writing a book review of the Bible!
I have to admit that I'd like to own the Deluxe edition, but $30,000.00 is a bit beyond my means at the moment, and the Primary edition at $10,000.00 is a bit much too. These are very limited collectors editions. Here we have the everyman's edition at a reasonable price.
Whether one is religious or not, this book is a treasure. It is fully case bound and ripe with the delicious woodcuts of Barry Moser. The woodcuts are stunning and his work compares to best of Rockwell Kent and Leonard Baskin -- and that is saying a lot!
Now I have to confess: I have not read it through... well parts here and there, but with this great book in hand, I just might. I am not a religious person, but do I view the bible as one of the great pieces of literature and part of the Western Canon. I have always found the standard floppy bible format difficult to read with it tiny type, and wrinkly paper. Also I've never been able to ignore those numbers. The Pennyroyal does not used numbered verses. It is also laid out in two column justified newspaper style. The format and type is designed for reading. It's beautifully typeset in Matthew Carter's Galliard and Mantinia fonts.
The downside and the upside is that it is in the King James version with New Testament included. The downside is it is full of howbeit's and art not thou's, not a language that falls off ones tongue. The upside is that it is King James, and if one wishes to read it as literature, all of the great references that have been made in the Canon are from the King James.
Believer or nonbeliever, heretic or saint, this book belongs on everyone's shelf -- better yet, in your lap.
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67 of 76 people found the following review helpful By taking a rest HALL OF FAME on November 1, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I am fortunate in that Mr. Moser was a teacher of mine in high school. If he kept track I was also probably his worst calligraphy student. I could not draw a vertical line, so he literally held my hand, and then his guiding hand produced magic. Unfortunately for me, I was, like some teenagers equipped with an organ more akin to a gland than a brain. You cannot review this book. One can comment on whether The King's James Version is or is not enjoyable or the language too dated to push through. This is about the illustrations for each of the collection of books that is The Bible. Try to put aside as best you can the secular nature of the story, forget the words, and look at the images. These works are in black and white, and now that I have seen them I do not believe they can be effectively portrayed any other way. Color can be distracting, color can be inappropriate. In Steven Spielberg's Movie, "Schindler's List" would red blood spreading on white snow have been more or less dramatic? How about the same movie in color? It would not have been the same movie. These images while beautifully composed, and incredibly detailed, accomplish making there point or points with as much impact as a visual experience can be with a simple palette of color, or perhaps better described as contrast. When you see Job you see suffering that is unimaginable, and knowledge of the story, or the fact that it is a Christian story, to me, is missing the point and not recognizing what Mr. Moser has accomplished. Knowing the suffering comes from loyalty does make it even more powerful that this man endures this for something he believes. Any religion can have this loyalty. Knowing a bit of the story makes the image more dramatic, if that's possible.Read more ›
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Chris McKinstry on February 16, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Make sure you click on the 'look inside this book link', so you can see the quality of the images; they will stick with you for a lifetime.
I have a 7 week old son, and I am certain that in the future, when he thinks of the bible, the images in this book are the images that will come to mind. They are very powerful.
This is one of the best copies of one of the most important books. It should be in your home.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mark Jones on February 19, 2005
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This Bible is simply beautiful. I stumbled onto it through Amazon's Recommendations. The beauty of the King James Version's Jacobean English is unparalleled, and the masterful illustrations by Barry Moser make the text come alive in your hands. This is a book which can easily become a family heirloom. The text has no verse divisions and reads more comfortably as a continuous flow. The large print, the drop caps and the rich illustrations go along with the large format to give a very classical, meaty feel to this gorgeous work of art. It's a beautiful way to display and enjoy God's Word.

The Hardback version is out of print, and I got a superb deal on one from one of Amazon's used booksellers.
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