King James Version | The Typographic Hub
In May 1601, King James VI of Scotland attended the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in Fife, where proposals were put forward for a new translation of the Bible into English. Two years later, he acceded to the throne of England as King James I of England: the ground was prepared for the King James #Bible.
It was intended each printer would #print a portion of the text, share printed sheets with the others, and split the proceeds. Bitter financial arguments erupted as Barker accused Norton and Bill of concealing their profits, whilst they in turn charged Barker with selling sheets due to them as partial Bibles for ready money.
Litigation, fines, debt and imprisonment dogged them all and titular and actual tenure of the office of King’s Printer passed between them as their fortunes varied.