Misprinted Bible telling readers to commit adultery could fetch £15k

Published Wednesday, Oct 21 2015, 19:00 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
A rare bible that is 400 years old could fetch £15,000 at an auction because it tells readers: "Thou shalt commit adultery."

The misprinted book – which should read: "Thou shalt not commit adultery" is known as the Sinners' Bible, or the Wicked Bible, and was printed in 1631.

At the time, King Charles I was so angry he had all the editions burned, but a lucky nine of the 1000 copies escaped.

Barker and Lucas, who published the book, had their printing licence revoked by the king – and they were fined the equivalent of £40,000.

The Sinners' Bible or Wicked Bible could fetch 15k at auction

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Although no one knows if it was a genuine mistake or an anti-religious act, the publisher was put in prison after racking up huge debts. He died while still in prison, in 1645.

Bonhams in London will be putting the sought-after copy up for auction in November.

Simon Roberts of Bonhams told The Daily Mail: "It was a horrific mistake to have made. It remains a lesson to us all to make sure we proof read everything we write."

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