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INTRODUCTION TO THE EXHIBITION

The King James Bible of 1611 was the dominant English translation of the scriptures from the time of its publication through the late nineteenth century, and it is one of the few seventeenth-century texts widely owned and read today. This exhibition, marking the Bible’s four-hundredth anniversary, focuses on the earliest King James Bibles as evidence of the zeal with which the new translation was produced, printed, marketed, read, and cherished.