Baskett's Bible of 1717
[English Bible]. The Holy Bible, containing the Old Testament and the New.
Volume 2 of two.
Oxford: John Baskett, 1717. (Prothro B-26)
The sixty-seven engravings of John Baskett’s opulent folio Bible of 1717 were designed by the British artist Sir James Thornhill (1676–1734) and the French émigrés Louis Chéron (1660–1725) and Louis Laguerre (1663–1721). Exhibited is Chéron’s engraving of Christ’s Entry into Jerusalem, which introduces the Gospel of Mark. Despite its handsome appearance, Baskett’s Bible was a commercial failure. Nicknamed the “Vinegar” Bible, the edition has many typographical errors, including the unfortunate misprint “vinegar” in what should be Christ’s parable of the “vineyard” (Luke 20).
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