Grad student finds rare 1611 Bible in university library

In a Friday, Nov. 13, 2015 photo, Brian Shetler, a graduate student at Drew University, poses with a first edition of the King James Bible he discovered on campus in Madison, N.J. The 1611 Bible was discovered in late October in the school's United Methodist Archives. (Lynne DeLade/Drew University via AP)

MADISON, N.J. (AP) — A graduate student at a northern New Jersey university says he found a rare first edition of the King James Bible while looking through the library’s rare-book shelves.

Brian Shetler is a doctoral candidate in book history at Drew University, located in Madison. He tells The New York Times that he stumbled upon the Bible sitting in a box in October. He had been collecting a sample of 17th-century books that were printed in England.

The 1611 Bible is one of less than 200 versions thought to still exist. It is nicknamed the “He Bible” for a typographical error in the Book of Ruth that was corrected in the middle of the first printing.

The Bible will be added to the library’s current exhibition, which runs until Feb. 22.

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