The King James Bible
Robert Barker received no payment for printing the King James Bible from the King, Parliament, or the Church of England; instead, Barker took on a number of financial partners to assume the cost of producing the Bible. The expenses he incurred included the casting of new types, paper and ink, and most costly of all, labor. Each copy of the Bible used 366 sheets of paper, folded so as to produce four printed pages. The pages were gathered into 123 signatures of six leaves each, which were then then arranged and sewn together.
The King James Bible was printed in a large format because it was designed to be read aloud in churches. Besides the Old Testament, New Testament, and Apocrypha, it contains ecclesiastical calendars and other material pertinent to managing church services.