Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Errors of Biblical Proportions

Police in England are hoping to return a stolen Bible to its rightful owners. It contains a Pratt family tree tracing the family from 1797 to 1956, but auctioneer Chris Albury says even that would not make the book especially valuable to collectors.

"Most Bibles after 1750 tend to not be worth very much. There are certain editions that make an exception, and the binding can make it an exception if it is particularly attractive."

Some Bibles are valuable for other reasons, such as a famous 17th century edition which had a printing error so the Ten Commandments read 'Thou shalt kill' instead of 'Thou shalt not kill', and another where the word 'vinegar' is used instead of 'vineyard'. [Link]

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