Humanae Salutis Monumenta, c. 1583. Provenance: "A. C. de Callant Abbas Stae Gertrudis," 18th-century ownership inscription on title. " /> BIBLE, <I>Latin</I>. Bibla Sacra, quid in hac editione a theologis Lovaniensibus praestitum sit, eorum praefatio indicat. Antwerp: Christopher Plantin, 1583. <I>Folio, 420 x 282 mm. (16½ x 11 1/8 in.), 17th or 18th-century calf over wooden boards, rebacked, corners and board edges restored, edges gilt and gauffred, lacking last leaf blank, frontispiece soiled and with fore-edge frayed, rust hole to D2 and small hole to M1 each catching 2 letters, small repaired tear to D3, a few small marginal tears</I>. Voet's Variant B, without the 2-leaf dedication to Cardinal Albert (inserted in only a few copies), double column, with N8 blank, without K6 blank at end of the <I>Notationes</I>; engraved title by Abraham de Bruyn after Crispin van den Broeck, 3 engraved double-page maps including a double hemisphere world map (Shirley 125) and maps of Israel and Canaan, 2 double-page engraved plates (plan and view of the Temple of Jerusalem), 7 full-page engravings and 81 smaller engravings in the text, a few repeated, by Jan Wiericx, Jan de Sadeler, and A. de Bruyn after Crispin van den Broeck and Peter van der Borcht, woodcut initials and head- and tail-pieces. Adams B-1089; Brunet I, 877; Darlow & Moule 6173 note; Voet 690. "This in-folio Bible is one of the most impressive and beautiful editions of the Plantin Press. It is the result of a rather curious publishing-adventure: realized with the financial help of the Spanish King at a moment when Plantin was considered by many to be a follower of the rebels, and... lived in rebel-held country and printed many ordinances and decrees decrying Philip II and his partisans" (Voet, p. 367). The 5 double-page and 7 full-page engravings were originally published in the Polyglot Bible (1571), and 40 of the smaller engravings were also used in the 4to edition of Arias Montanus, <I>Humanae Salutis Monumenta</I>, c. 1583. <I>Provenance</I>: "A. C. de Callant Abbas Stae Gertrudis," 18th-century ownership inscription on title. | Christie's