BIBLE, Latin. With additions by Menardus Monachus. Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, 6 August 1479.
Royal 2o (392 x 278 mm). Collation: [112 2-2210 23-246 (1/1r blank, 1/1v table, 1/2r prologues to Genesis, 1/5r Genesis); 25-3610 37-386 (25/1r Proverbs); 39-4110 42-438 44-4810 (39/1r prologue to the Gospels, 39/1v Matthew, 48/10v colophon); 496 (Menardus)]. 468 leaves, 2-462 foliated. 49-53 lines and headline, double column, printed marginalia. Types: 4:160G (headlines and headings), 3:110AG (text). Three-, five-, eight-, and fourteen-line spaces for initials. Opening 14-line initial illuminated by a contemporary Nuremberg artist in blue with white and mauve modelling on a burnished gold ground with punch-dotted decoration, within segmented frame of pale green, red, and gray, foliate flourishes in colors with two gold bezants, a burnished gold stem between the two columns terminating at bottom in a double leaf and flower extension in colors with gold bezants; most 5-line initials in parti-colored red and blue with green and mauve penwork infill and flourishes, 3-line initials alternately blue and red, red capital strokes. (First leaf laid down on the recto side, upper half of fol. 14/7 supplied from another copy, its carefully attached lower half supplied from a copy of another Koberger edition, occasional marginal worming, a few small stains.) 19th-century alum-tawed light brown-stained pigskin, sides tooled in blind with a dentelle border, two brass fore-edge clasps, marbled edges (rebacked, preserving original backstrip).
Provenance: Glogau, Silesia [now Glogów Malopolski], cathedral chapter library (1679 inscription on first text-page, Ecclesiae Collegiatae Glogoviae maioris, Catalogo inscriptus Anno 1679).
Fifth Koberger edition of St. Jerome's Vulgate Text of the Old and New Testaments, the fourth with Menardus Monachus' notice on the books of the Bible.
HC 3072*; BMC II, 417; BSB-Ink B-435; CIBN B-392; GW 4239; Pr 1993; Goff B-564.