Robert Barker (printer)

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Robert Barker († 1645 ) was the royal printer of Jacob I. He was the son of Christopher Barker, printer of Queen Elizabeth I. His best-known work is the King James Bible , first edition in 1611. With Martin Lucas, he printed an edition of the King in 1631 James Bible as sin Bible was ( "Wicked Bible") known: the commandment "thou shalt not commit adultery," "not" was missing the word.

After the death of his father on November 29, 1599, Robert Barker inherited his printing works and his patent as a royal printer, first for Elizabeth I, then for James I. After the first edition of the King James Bible in 1611, several other editions appeared in which many of the previously found errors were corrected. But new mistakes crept in, as in 1631 in the Sin Bible . For this, Barker and Lucas had to pay a fine of £ 300 . The defective specimens, as far as they could be found, were burned. The few remaining copies are now traded at high prices.

In the last decade of his life, Barker spent some time in prison, where he also died in 1645.

Individual evidence

  1. 400th Anniversary of the King James Bible! (English)
  2. a b c Robert Barker, Printer to Queen Elizabeth I . Article on (English)
  3. Rick Gekoski: The Wicked Bible: the perfect gift for collectors, but not for William and Kate . The Guardian , November 25, 2010 (English)