The Great She Bible
Lesson No. 4 in how to come up with a valuable book: make a spelling mistake. Way back in 1611, printers of a King James Version of the Bible inadvertently stumbled across this rule after they made a typographical error in Chapter 3 Verse 15 of the Book of Ruth. Instead of it reading ‘He went into the city’, it reads ‘She went into the city’. As a result the book is known as the ‘Great She Bible’. Clearly the mistake was quickly spotted as it is a very rare version with only a handful of copies known to exist in high-brow locations including Oxford and Cambridge Universities, and the cathedrals of Salisbury, Exeter and Durham. St Mary’s Parish Church in the village of Gisburn, Lancashire, can now be added to this esteemed list, after a copy of the holy book, which was found in the parish church, was assessed and authenticated by the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association. Two recently appointed reverends were giving their new charge a once over, when they came across the 400 year old Bible in a cupboard at the back of the church. It has since been valued at up to £50,000 and is to go on display in the church in the hope that it will encourage visitors. Four centuries on and that spelling mistake doesn’t look so bad now.