Re: KJV Translators preface

Edgar M. Krentz (
Thu, 14 Nov 1996 05:40:17 -0500

>I posted the following inquiry to the BIBLE list, for whose subject
>matter it seemed more appropriate, but it got no response.
>(Apparently scholarship is a more important consideration than
>subject matter when it comes to questions about theological
>literature.) I hope I can be forgiven for a slightly off-topic post;
>I'll gladly accept the consequences if for the price I can get an
>I recently received an inquiry whether there is currently in print,
>in pamphlet form, an edition of the translators preface to the King
>James Version, which is entitled "The Translators to the Reader." I
>am aware of several Bibles that contain this preface, but I do not
>know of any publishers currently printing it as a separate item (I do
>have a 1982 pamphlet, but I have not yet been able to reach the
>publisher.) I would appreciate any leads on this question. Thanks.

I hope that any answers to this are sent to list. I have a copy of Edgar
John Goodspeed's publication, THE TRANSLATORS TO THE READERS, which
contains (1) Goodspeed's introduction, (2) a transcription of the KJV
introduction in modern typography, and (3) a reduced size facsimile of the
original from a 1611 copy of the Great "He" Bible in the rare book
collection of the University of Chicago Library. But that was published in
the 1930s.

So if there is an edition in print, let us all know. [What would they enter
that under in BOOKS IN PRINT, anyway?]

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