PECULIAR EDITIONS OF THE BIBLE
Perhaps tha rarest of all the Bibles to which a special name has been given is that known aa the '• Bug" Bible, of data 1549. it psrfaot oopy brought reoently tha high sum of £60, and Borne years ago £45 wa* obtained at Sotheby's auction r oma for an admittedly Imperfect specimen, The prologues have Buoh offence to tbe olergy that they o»used tbla Bible to bB Bupproaßed, which acooun's for tbe rarity of the edition. The name whioh h&B baen given to It arises from the renderlog of Paiilm xol., verse 5~" So that thou shall not need to be affayod foe any buggea by naybte." The famous " Whig " Blblo is another very rare one, and ia seldom found m & perfect oondltlou. It was published at Ganeva In 1562, and h»a reoolved its ruloua name on acoiun» of tbe reading of Matthew v., versa 9—" Bleaßed ate the plaoe-makars." Wo read reoently In a wsrk written by a wn!l known literary «mn that li the folio authorised vcwlon (B rkor's, of 1611) has been termed the ' Great Ho ' Bible - why I know not." Ibis Bounds like an affoadou of superoilloua Indifference, for sorely the writer could eaallv havo «BoortulDed that the title was derived from tho blunder which substituted "he" for 11 aha" m the last chusa cf Rath 111., 15. ! Tha printer oorrea'ed this error In a second edition, and the two editions are npaken of as the 1< Great Ha " and the " Great She " Biblea. Both are now very rare. A Bible whioh Ib now extremely scare 0 , acd wbioh la increasing yearly In value, 13 tho bUck letter "Treaole" Blblo, dated 1675, " Inhere no balm In Gilead?" (Jarcmiah Tin,) ia a phr»H9 we have all r«ad or heard ; but the printer of this 1575 Bible BBke, •• Is there no treaole In Gilead ? " and sc his edition Is handed down to posterity as the "Treaole" Bible. An edition more ourloua than rare Ia that known as tho " BnDk Note " Bible, Some ecoentrfo printer m 1796 oonoeived the idea of printing the Scriptures entirely on bank note paper, hence the name. This Bible is a beautiful specimen of tbe typography of tbe t'me, but, as we have aald, it is not rare, and copies are priced generally at about 30s. Oonalderiog the extraordinary number of editions whioh hive be m printed of the B-.bie, it Is wonderful that no more error* should bay© arisen to add to the peculiar editions. Daring ihe precent oontury alone, th* Engl'ah and a.merloan sodetleß h^ve printed In the Protestant version 124,000,000 copies of the Bible or of the New Teatdmant. In our d»y everyone oan efford to purchase a Bible, but at the time when the , early editions were iaeued this was not tbe case. In the reign of Edward I the price of a Bib c was £37 sterling, A labouring man was then pvd at the rate of IJd a ' day, from which we. may easily reckon thai he could not have bought a Bible at that time wlrhout having the savings of more than 18 yeara. Now, It ts quite within tbo limits to say that to tbe man who la paid 4i a' day for his work, the Bible ooats 22,000 t'mea leas than it did m the riays of Edward I. It may be added that we have In the English language two principal versions of the Sorlpturea— thoße of King James •nd the Doaay, or Roman CtatboHo vtril)n;th.B revised Bibb is still the Kog James' ono. The latter was tran•latad aad.oollated or oompared with the or'g'mls and otbee versions by 47 of the mobt learned divines of the age. It occupied from 1608 to 1611 before It revived tha eooleslastloal and royal nnollon. The Dou y version was rendered irom the Latin, and collated with the orl^lnala by four nrofesaora of theology -'o,^o JEnpl'sh oolloga o£ th(»t name, io
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