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Joseph Clark’s 1716 Bible

Object Number: R14560

The King James Bible is an English translation of the Christian Bible for the Church of England, commissioned in 1604 and published in 1611 under the sponsorship of James I. Noted for its majesty of style, the King James Bible has been described as one of the most important books in English culture and a driving force in the shaping of the English-speaking world. By the first half of the 18th century, it was effectively unchallenged as the English translation used in Anglican and English Protestant churches. This version of the Bible became the most widely printed book in history,

The example in the collection was printed in London in 1716, by John Baskett. It is leather covered, with woodcut illustrations. The Bible was brought from England by Joseph Clark on the sailing ship Lima in 1849. Joseph Clark was one of the first settlers of the Redlands district. He used this bible to conduct Sunday services with other settlers in the district. This Bible was donated to Redland Museum in 2011 by the Reverend Robert Braun, a relative of Joseph Clark.  Glued into the front cover of the Bible is a Baptismal Certificate dated 19th March 1916 for Leslie William Braun, father of the donor.