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BIBLIA LATINA. Basel: Johann Froben, 27 June 1491.

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BIBLIA LATINA. Basel: Johann Froben, 27 June 1491.

8°, 455 leaves only (of 496, lacking final quires A-E, without blank a1 and with first 2 folios in fragments only), 56 lines and headline, double column, type: 1:86G, 2:62G, 3:44G, printed guide letters, first major initial in blue (lightly faded), 2-3-line initials in red (fos. 1-3 in fragments, fo. 4 and 211/8 torn with loss, severe but clean tear to F4, some light soiling), 18th-century sheep (rubbed, worn at extremities in places). Provenance: David Wells, Burbach, ownership inscription inside front cover.

FIRST OCTAVO BIBLE AND FROBEN'S FIRST BOOK. Froben, founder of a family printing dynasty which made Basel the chief centre of scholarly publishing in the early and mid 16th-century, was aware of the novelty of a small Bible, suggesting in his preface that it be called a Bibliola. It has also been called the "poor man's Bible". HC *3107; GW 4269; BMC III, 789 (IA. 37873); Goff B592; Pellechet 2329; IDL 856; IGI 1674.
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