The Book of Proverbs

From the Authorised King James Version of the Bible

Introduced by The Rt Revd Nick Baines

Lettering by Jessica Hische

A beautiful pocket-sized Folio edition of the monumental King James Version of the Book of Proverbs, with exquisitely designed lettering by Jessica Hische and a new introduction by the Bishop of Leeds


The Book of Proverbs

Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall

  1. (6:18)

The King James Version is the definitive English translation of the Bible, unique in its influence on the culture and literature of the English-speaking world. Commissioned by James I in 1604, it took a committee of 47 pre-eminent scholars the next seven years to complete. This gorgeous compact edition of The Book of Proverbs fits perfectly in the hand, allowing for an intensely personal reading experience and an intimate connection with this book of wisdom literature.

Jessica Hische’ beautiful lettering and the generous layout bring new clarity to the text, while Bishop Nick Baines’s insightful new introduction adds contemporary reflection to these words that transcend millennia. This beautiful gifting edition is finished with a ribbon marker and metallic blue page tops, while the blocked slipcase is simply decorated with Hische’s striking lettering.

Production Details

Bound in blocked cloth

Set in Arno

136 pages

Printed in 2 colours throughout

Blocked slipcase

Gilt metallic blue page tops

Ribbon marker

6¼˝ x 4¼˝

An influential text in a beautiful gifting edition

One of the five ‘wisdom’ Books of the Old Testament, The Book of Proverbs is an anthology of poetic verses that are easy to read and study, and that remain hugely relevant today. The Book deals frankly with ethical and practical issues that cross boundaries of status, and it offers wisdom and insight for the social, spiritual and scholastic life of all humanity. Published in series with the sell-out Folio edition of The Book of Psalms, this beautiful pocketbook has been simply and discreetly designed to enable readers to focus on the text, with typographer Jessica Hische’s beautiful lettering the only embellishment to the narrative.

New introduction by the Bishop of Leeds

Writer and broadcaster the Rt Revd Nick Baines became the first Bishop of Leeds in 2014. A widely published author and commentator, Baines has written a number of books on faith and Christianity. His fascinating and in-depth new introduction to this edition places the Book of Proverbs in context with the rest of the Old Testament and the Bible. Baines provides a widely researched historical overview of the text, while also addressing the theme of wisdom from a modern stance and the relevance of the Book of Proverbs to everyday life.


The Right Reverend Nick Baines is the Bishop of Leeds, and has previously been Bishop of Bradford and of Croydon. He read German and French at Bradford University and, before ordination, worked for four years as a Russian linguist at GCHQ. Baines has been a member of the House of Lords since 2014, leading on Europe, Russia, Sudan, security and intelligence. He has represented the Archbishop of Canterbury at international faith conferences. He also preaches frequently in Germany and in German. He is regularly heard on BBC Radio 2 and Radio 4, and has written seven books on Christian faith, the most recent of which is Freedom Is Coming (2019).


Jessica Hische is a lettering artist and New York Times best-selling author. Since 2009 she has operated a one-woman design, lettering and illustration studio working for clients such as Wes Anderson, the United States Postal Service, Tiffany & Co. and Apple. Her work has been featured in numerous design and illustration annuals worldwide and she was named a Print magazine New Visual Artist, one of Forbes’s ‘30 under 30’ in Art and Design, an ADC Young Gun and a ‘Person to Watch’ by Graphic Design USA. Her latest book, Tomorrow I’ll be Kind (2020), is published by Penguin Workshop.


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