The Bible is recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the best selling book of all time. It helps that the Bible has been sold for centuries but there still are some rare editions of the Bible that are worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Bible collectors Greatsite has an extensive collection of rare and ancient Bibles on sale today. Here is a look at the rarest and most valuable English language Bibles in their collection.
Perhaps the most interesting Bible in this list, this Bible is named the “Wicked Bible” due to an unfortunate typo in the Ten Commandments. Two London Bible printers in 1631 accidentally left out the word “not” in the 7th commandment, meaning it read, “Thou shalt commit adultery.” All 1,000 copies of this Bible were ordered to be destroyed, and the printers were fined 300 pounds sterling (about $65,000 today) for their error. Some, like this copy, escaped destruction, making it one of the rarest and most sought after Bibles in existence.
What makes this Bible interesting is that it is the first English Bible printed in America. Only two copies of this Bible exist today.
This Bible is named the Great Bible due to its enormous size. It was made at the command of King Henry VIII and would be chained to the pulpit in the sanctuary. This also was the first English Bible to be authorized for public use.
This Bible was the first Bible to be translated into English directly from their original Hebrew and Greek. Less than 15 of these Bibles are known to exist today.
This is one of the most sought after books by ancient book collectors. This Bible was the first King James Version of the Bible to be printed, making it a historically significant Bible. However, some of these Bibles had a typo in Ruth 3:15 which read, “he went into the city,” instead of the correct, “she went into the city.”
The Coverdale Bible is the oldest English Bible in existence. It was the first edition and the very first printing of a complete English Bible.
This is an extremely old and rare Bible, worth over $2 million. John Wycliffe was the first person to create hand written Bibles in English, an extremely long and difficult process to undertake. These were written before the printing press was invented in the 1450s.