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Complete texts (including Apocrypha). In each textual family books in print are listed first, followed by internet versions.

  • 1611 textual family
    • photographic replica: [1]
    • 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: [2]
    • 400th-anniversary edition (source(s) unspecified), Oxford University Press: [3]; this edition carefully preserves the original misprints, including upside-down letters
    • Hendrickson 400th-anniversary edition: [4]
    • Nelson 400th-anniversary edition: [5], [6]
    • searchable online transcript from unspecified source(s): [7]
    • images of original copy: [8]
    • images of copy of 2nd printing: [9]
  • 1769 textual family
    • Cambridge text: [10], [11]; as Cambridge holds the licence as King's Printer of Bibles for England this might be considered the "official" Church of England text
    • Oxford World's Classics edition, omits marginal notes: [12]
    • Norton critical edition: [13]; includes notes on archaic words and meanings; Cambridge text
    • searchable online Oxford text: [14]
  • 1873 textual family
    • Cambridge Paragraph Bible: [15]
  • 2005 textual family
    • New Cambridge Paragraph Bible, 2011 revision: [16]; electronic version [17]
    • Penguin Classics edition, using the 2005 text with some corrections, and omitting the marginal notes: [18]
  • unspecified

The number of editions without Apocrypha is enormous. Nearly all belong to the 1769 textual family.


  • Harold Bloom, The Shadow of a Great Rock: a Literary Appreciation of the King James Bible, Yale University Press, 2011
  • 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
  • David G. Burke, John F. Kutsko, & Philip H. Towner (eds), The King James Version at 400: Assessing Its Genius As Bible Translation and Its Literary Influence, Society of Biblical Literature, Atlanta, 2013: [22]
  • 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
  • Hannibal Hamlin & Norman W. Jones (eds): The King James Bible after 400 Years: Literary, Linguistic, and Cultural Influences, Cambridge University Press, 2010
  • David Lyle Jeffrey (ed), The King James Bible and the World It Made, Baylor University Press, Waco, 2011
  • 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
  • Helen Moore & Julian Reid, eds: Manifold Greatness: the Making of the King James Bible, Bodleian Library, 2011
  • Adam Nicolson: Power and Glory: Jacobean England and the Making of the King James Bible/God's Secretaries: the Making of the King James Bible/When God Spoke English: the Making of the King James Bible, Harper, 2003 [variant titles in different editions]
  • 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
  • Gustavus S. Paine, The Learned Men, 1959; reissued as The Men behind the King James Version, Baker, 1977
  • 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, [23] (Kindle)
  • Derek Wilson, The People's Bible: the Remarkable History of the King James Version, Lion, 2010