A Textual History of the King James Bible

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Cambridge University Press, Jan 10, 2005 - Literary Criticism - 387 pages
David Norton has recently re-edited the King James Bible for Cambridge University and this book arises from his intensive work on that project. He reveals here how the text of the most important Bible in the English language was made, and how it was changed by printers and editors until it became the text we know today in 1769. Using material as diverse as the manuscripts of the original translators, and the results of extensive computer collation of electronically held texts, Norton has produced a scholarly edition of the King James Bible that will restore the authority of the 1611 translation. This book includes the bible's fascinating background, Norton's editorial principles and substantial lists and tables of variant readings. It will be indispensable to scholars of the English Bible, literature, and publishing history. A website with additional resources (www.cambridge.org/kjv) will be available one month prior to publication.

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Pre1611 evidence for the text 29
The first edition 46
The Kings Printer at work 1612 to 1617 62
Correcting and corrupting the text 1629 to 1760 82
Setting the standard 1762andl769 103
The current text 115
Variants and orthography 131
Punctuation and other matters 149
Printers errors in the first edition 167
First and second edition variations 173
The Kings Printers list? 180
Selective collation of the 1613 folio H322 with the first
Variant readings in the KJB text 198
Spelling changes to the current text 356
Word index 372

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About the author (2005)

David Norton is Reader in English at Victoria University of Wellington. He is the author of A History of the Bible as Literature, 2 vols (CUP, 1993; revised and condensed as A History of the English Bible as Literature, 2000).

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