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BIBLE, IN LOW GERMAN — Biblia, das ys, de gantze hillige Schrifft Sassech corrigeret, na der lesten vorduedeschinge. Translated and edited by Johannes Bugenhagen (1485-1558). Magdeburg: Michael Lotter, 1536.
BIBLE, IN LOW GERMAN — Biblia, das ys, de gantze hillige Schrifft Sassech corrigeret, na der lesten vorduedeschinge. Translated and edited by Johannes Bugenhagen (1485-1558). Magdeburg: Michael Lotter, 1536.
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BIBLE, IN LOW GERMAN — Biblia, das ys, de gantze hillige Schrifft Sassech corrigeret, na der lesten vorduedeschinge. Translated and edited by Johannes Bugenhagen (1485-1558). Magdeburg: Michael Lotter, 1536.

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BIBLE, IN LOW GERMAN — Biblia, das ys, de gantze hillige Schrifft Sassech corrigeret, na der lesten vorduedeschinge. Translated and edited by Johannes Bugenhagen (1485-1558). Magdeburg: Michael Lotter, 1536.

A royal copy, from the collection of King Frederick I of Prussia, of an exceedingly rare Low German Bible. This translation of the Luther Bible was edited and overseen by the important Reformation figure Johannes Bugenhagen, a friend and confessor of Martin Luther. First published in 1533-1534, shortly before the publication of Luther’s own complete Bible in Wittemberg (1534), the present edition is the first to include the highly influential woodblock series by Georg Lemberger. The Lemberger blocks were subsequently adopted by Hans Lufft in Wittemberg for several further editions of the Bible. No copies of this edition traced at auction (ABPC/RBH). USTC 616654; VD16 B 2841; not in Darlow and Moule.

3 parts in one volume, folio (310 x 200mm). Titles to each part within decorative woodcut border, 152 woodcut illustrations, woodcut initials (some waterstains and small repairs in margins, without the probable blank 2e4). 18th-century calf, spine label in second compartment lettered in gilt, spine stamped in gilt in other compartments with the arms of Frederick I, King of Prussia (lightly rubbed, foot of spine slightly defective); modern green cloth slipcase. Provenance: several early annotations – Frederick I, King of Prussia (1657-1713; binding) – Schweinfurt, Otto Schäfer (monogram on rear pastedown).
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