BIBLE, in Greek -- anta ta kat' ejoxhn kaloymena Biblia ueias dhladh Grafhs palaias te, kai neas Sacrae Scripturae Veteris, Novaque omnia. Edited by Andreas Torresanus de Asula (1451-1529) and Desiderius Erasmus (ca. 1467-1536). Venice: Andreas Torresanus at the Aldine Press, February 1518.
3 parts in one volume. Aldine 2 (320 x 221mm). Collation:  (1r title and printer's anchor-and-dolphin device, 1v blank, 2r Torresanus's dedicatory letter to Cardinal Antonius Aegidius Canisius of Viterbo, 2v blank, 3r-4r tables of contents of the three parts, 4v blank); a-z &8 aa4 (Genesis-Job, aa3v-4 blank), bb-cc8 dd10 (Psalms, dd10 blank); ee-qq8 rr10 ss-tt8 uu6 (ee1r list of books, ee1v letter by Federicus Asulanus to Daniel Renerius, ee2r-uu6v Song of Solomon-Maccabees); xx-zz && aaa-bbb8 ccc4 ddd-ggg8 hhh10 (xx1r list of books, xx1v blank, xx2r letter by Franciscus Asulanus to Erasmus, xx2v lives of the Evangelists, xx3r-hhh7v New Testament, hhh8r register and colophon, hhh8v-10r blank, hhh10v printer's woodcut device). 448 leaves, with the three blanks (two leaves supplied from another copy, a1 or 8 and p1 or 8). Types 9:90Gk (text), the third Aldine Greek cut by Francesco Griffo, possibly modelled on Marcus Musurus's hand (Barker p. 59); 89bR (dedications). Double column, 55 lines and headline. Title, first device, woodcut headpieces and large decorative initials opening each book PRINTED IN RED; from Acts of the Apostles onwards the woodcut headpieces and initials printed in black. (Small hole in a1-2 and short tear in final leaf expertly repaired, lower margin of a2 slightly extended.) 19th-century deep maroon roan over thick pasteboard, the panelled sides gold-tooled with Aldine dolphin device at centre, spine elaborately gilt, tan gilt lettering-piece in second compartment, gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers, gilt edges (very slight rubbing at extremities, one corner slightly bumped). Provenance: [Robert Stayner Holford (1808-1892)]; Sir George Holford (1860-1926, pencilled inscription 'Lord Holford's copy', sale Sotheby's 5 Dec. 1927, lot 91); Leo S. Olschki (bookseller at Florence, booklabel, 1931); A. Edward Newton (bookplate, pencilled inscription 'I cannot read one word of this but I don't have to - I know it is a noble book' dated March 8 1937, sale Parke-Bernet, 16 April 1941, lot 87, $375); A.S.W. Rosenbach; Estelle Doheny (sale, Christie's NY, 17 October 1988, lot 1026).
EDITIO PRINCEPS OF THE COMPLETE BIBLE IN GREEK, EDITIO PRINCEPS OF THE SEPTUAGINT, AND SECOND EDITION OF THE GREEK NEW TESTAMENT. The Greek New Testament had first appeared edited by Erasmus in 1516; both the N.T. and the Aldine Greek Bible were printed after but published before the Complutensian Polyglot, which was not issued until after March 1520. The Old Testament was edited by Aldus's father-in-law and successor as director of his famous printing shop, Andreas Asulanus, who boasts in the dedication to have collated numerous and very ancient codices. In the New Testament he deviates from Erasmus's readings in less than two dozen places. Although Aldus Manutius had died in 1515 and Marcus Musurus in 1517, it is almost certain that this edition of the Greek Bible had already been planned by them; Musurus mentioned it in 1515 to Jean Grolier as one of the tasks that remained to be done. Adams B-976; Darlow & Moule 4594; Renouard 84.8; Isaac 12878.