Friday, June 11, 2010

Coming Soon from Oxford University Press - Bible

2011 will mark the 400th anniversary of the King James Version Bible.  I've already heard from three of my vendors that plans are well under way to contribute to the celebration.  Coming this October from Oxford Unviversity Press we have a book by Gordon Campbell called Bible: The Story of the King James Version 1611 - 2011.  Here's the catalog description and the table of contents:
"Produced during the lifetime of Shakespeare and Donne, the King James Version of the Bible has long been viewed as the most elegantly written and poetic of the many English translations. Now reaching its 400th anniversary, it remains one of the most frequently used Bibles in the English-speaking world, especially in America."
"Lavishly illustrated with reproductions from early editions of the King James Bible, Bible: The Story of the King James Version offers a vivid and authoritative history of this renowned translation, ranging from the Bible's inception to the present day. Gordon Campbell, a leading authority on Renaissance literatures, tells the engaging and complex story of how this translation came to be commissioned, who the translators were, and how the translation was accomplished. Campbell does not end with the printing of that first edition, but also traces the textual history from 1611 to the establishment of the modern text by Oxford University Press in 1769, shedding light on the subsequent generations who edited and interacted with the text and bringing to life the controversies surrounding later revisions. In addition, the author examines the reception of the King James Version, showing how its popularity has shifted through time and territory, ranging from adulation to deprecation and attracting the attention of a wide variety of adherents. Since the King James Bible is more widely read in America today than in any other country, Campbell pays particular attention to the history of this version in the United States. Finally, the volume includes appendices that contain short biographies of the translators and a guide to the 74-page preliminaries of the 1611 edition."
"A fitting tribute to the enduring popularity of the King James Version, Bible offers an illuminating history of this most esteemed of biblical translations." 
Table of Contents
1. The Bible in English
2. The Commissioning of the KJV
3. Translators and Translating
4. The Translation
5. The First Edition
6. The Seventeenth Century
7. The Eighteenth Century
8. The Nineteenth Century
9. The Bible in America
10. The Cambridge Paragraph Bibles
11. The Revised Version
12. The Early Twentieth Century
13. The KJV in the Modern World
Appendix 1: The Companies and Later Revisers
Appendix 2: The Preliminaries to the KJV Further Reading Index

Gordon Campbell is Professor of Renaissance Studies at Leicester University.  Watch for it this October.  Bible will be a hardcover with 256 pages and sell for $24.95. 


Andrew said...

Sounds like an interesting book. I'm balking a little at the full retail price, but I'm certainly interested.

Louis said...

I'm interested too. As for the price--I've seen worse.