BIBLE, Latin. [Mainz: Johann Gutenberg and Fust, 1455].
Royal 2o (387 x 282 mm). Single leaf from vol. II, fol. 217 containing the end of the Gospel of St. Marcus and beginning of the Gospel of St. Lucas. 42 lines, double column. Type: 1:140G. 2 four-line (prologue) initials in red and blue with brown penwork, one two-line Lombard initial supplied in blue, headlines and chapter numbers in alternating red and blue letters, capital strokes in red. Unwatermarked half of sheet. (8 in. triangular tear, repaired.) Tipped-in A Noble Fragment: Being a leaf of the Gutenberg Bible, with a bibliographical essay by A. Edward Newton. New York: Gabriel Wells, 1921. Dark blue morocco gilt, by Stikeman and Co. (extremities lightly rubbed); publisher's board slipcase.
Provenance: Maria Elisabeth Augusta von Sulzbach (1721-1794), wife of Carl Theodore, Electoral Prince of the Palatinate, subsequently Electoral Prince of Bavaria; Mannheim, Hofbibliothek; Munich, Royal Library (their duplicate sale, 1832, sold for 350 guilders); Robert Curzon, Baron Zouche (1810-1873, and by descent until sold); Sotheby's 9 November 1920, lot 70, to Joseph Sabin; sold by him to; Gabriel Wells, who broke up the copy, dispersing it in single leaves, many of them accompanied by A.Edward Newton's essay, as here, and in larger fragments; Anson Phelps Stokes (1874-1958) American Philanthropist, entered the Episcopal Theological School in Cambridge, Massachusetts and became a priest, in 1925. (bookplate).
BMC I, 17 (IC.55); BSB-Ink. B-408; CIBN B-361; DeRicci/Mayence 53 (=78); GW 4201; Hain *3031; Needham P18; Norman, pp. 253-258; Pr 56; Goff B-526.