“It is still widely used in churches today and is known for some of the most beautiful prose in the English language,” Kubick said. “The words of the King James Bible resonate through our lives today. Many people may not attend church but they recognize such verses as ‘The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want,’ and ‘In the beginning, God created the heaven and earth.’”
Kubik said the shop is selling the rare original first edition printed in 1611.
Via email, Kubik said the book came from the estate of a private collector in Texas.
“The collector's family was referred to us as we are well-known in the rare/antiquarian book trade,” he said. “I've been doing this for 35 years now.”
If the book does not sell in Oakwood, the store will exhibit it at the New York Antiquarian Book Fair from March 5 to 8 at the Park Avenue Armory on the upper East Side.
“We expect to sell it in NYC but wanted Daytonians to have first crack at it,” Kubick said.
There are two versions of the first edition in circulation, he explained in his release: A “Great He Bible” and a “Great She Bible,” a reference to a typo in one version’s Ruth 3:15, in which the pronoun “he” is used instead of the correct “she.”
Said Kubik: “We have the ‘Great She’ version.”
The Bible will be on display at Kubik Fine Books, 24 Park Ave., Oakwood, from noon to 4 p.m. each day Monday until Saturday next week.
The book store was established in 1985.
For further information, call the book store at (937) 294-0253 or visit online at www.kubikbooks.com