The "Vinegar" Bible
The Holy Bible, Containing the Old Testament and the New.
Oxford: John Baskett, 1717.
John Baskett (1665–1742) attained the title of “printer to the King’s most excellent majesty” in 1709, but his publishing career turned for the worse when he issued this richly-engraved folio Bible in 1717. Quick to point out the Bible’s numerous misprints, Baskett’s competitors branded it “a Baskett-ful of Errors.” The edition’s more lasting nickname has been the “Vinegar Bible,” because the words “Parable of the Vinegar” appear at the top of the page containing Luke 20:9, Christ’s Parable of the Vineyard.