The Quadricentennial of the King James Version of the Bible has stimulated discussion about numerous issues from its impact on the standardization of the English language to the influence on literature, art, music, and politics. Little attention is paid to the early illustrated King James Bibles. In part the role of Puritans in this new translation suggests that any hint of idolatry would have been avoided. In addition, the strict protection of who could print this new translation which had no illustrations has further fed the notion that there were no illustrated King James Bibles. This lecture sets the historical context for the new translation within the history of illuminated and illustrated Bibles. Often forgotten in a time when every household and hotel room seems to have a Bible is the recognition that the earliest means of transmitting the Bible was through images and pictures.