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A list of key readings about Authorized Version.
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Only complete texts (including Apocrypha) are listed here. In each textual family books in print are listed first, followed by internet versions.

  • 1611 textual family
    • The Authorised Version of the English Bible 1611, 5 volumes (available separately), Cambridge University Press, originally published 1909, transcribed from an original copy, corrected from two others: [1]
    • 400th-anniversary edition (source(s) unspecified), Oxford University Press: [2]; this edition carefully preserves the original misprints, including upside-down letters; seems to be the only edition including all the original preliminary pages
    • searchable online transcript from unspecified source(s): [3]
    • images of original copy: [4]
    • images of copy of 2nd printing: [5]
  • 1769 textual family
    • Cambridge text: [6], [7]
    • Oxford World's Classics edition, omits marginal notes: [8]
    • American Bible Society 400th-anniversary edition: [9]
    • searchable online transcript of the Oxford text: [10]
  • 1873 textual family
    • Cambridge Paragraph Bible: [11]
  • 2005 textual family
    • New Cambridge Paragraph Bible, 2011 revision: [12]
    • Penguin Classics edition, using the 2005 text with some corrections, and omitting the marginal notes: [13]
    • Folio Society edition, 2 volumes (boxed set only): [14]
  • unspecified
    • Norton critical edition: [15]; includes notes on archaic words and meanings
    • [16]

Secondary

  • Benson Bobrick: The Making of the English Bible, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2001
  • Melvyn Bragg: The Book of Books: the Radical Impact of the King James Bible 1611–2011, Hodder & Stoughton, 2011
  • Gordon Campbell: Bible: the Story of the King James Version 1611–2011, Oxford University Press, 2010
  • David Crystal: Begat: the King James Bible and the English Language, 978-0-19-958585-4, Oxford University Press, 2010
  • Alister McGrath: In the Beginning: the Story of the King James Bible and How It Changed a Nation, a Language and a Culture, Hodder & Stoughton, 2001
  • Adam Nicolson: When God Spoke English: the Making of the King James Bible, Harper, 2003
  • David Norton:
    • The Textual History of the King James Bible, Cambridge University Press, 2005
    • The King James Bible: a Short History from Tyndale to Today, Cambridge University Press, 2011
  • F.H.A. Scrivener, The Authorized Version of the English Bible (1611): Its Subsequent Reprints and Modern Representations, Cambridge University Press, 1884 (still in print)
  • Philip C. Stine, Four Hundred Years on the Best Seller List, [17] (Kindle)