BIBLE, in English -- The Holy Bible. Oxford: John Baskett, 1717-1716. 2° (524x327 mm). Title and calendar printed in red and black, ruled in red throughout, engraved frontispiece by Du-Bose after J. Thornhill, general title with engraved view of Oxford by G. Vander Gucht, title to the New Testament with vignette, engraved head-pieces and initials. (Top edge of title trimmed, some browning and spotting throughout, small stains, small marginal repair to 2M5 in vol I.) Contemporary red morocco, gilt arms within borders, gilt spine, edges and turn-ins (front cover of vol II detached, joints splitting, some small chips, extremities rubbed, corners bumped). Provenance: The Gabbett Dickin Family (various ownership inscriptions 1866 to 1875).
'MAGNIFICENT EDITION' (Darlow and Moule), known as the 'Vinegar Bible' from the misprint 'the parable of the vinegar' for 'vinyard' in Luke XX. As the great Bible monopolist, John Baskett was also parodied by contemporary wits who called his huge Bible a 'Baskett-ful of errors'. Nevertheless, Harry Carter, the historian of Oxford printing, states that 'only Baskerville's Bible (Cambridge, 1763) is its equal among English Bibles for beauty of type, impression, and paper' (The History of the Oxford University Press, 1975, I, p. 171). One contemporary record suggests that the price for a well-bound copy such as this was '£ 4. 7. 6'. DMH 942 variant A.