18 December 2003
BIBLE, New Testament, English. The New Testament of Iesus Christ, Translated Faithfully into English. Translated from Latin into English by Gregory Martin, under the supervision of William Allen and Richard Brostow. Rheims: John Fogny, 1582.
4o (202 x 155 mm). Title within woodcut border, woodcut head- and tail-pieces, numerous woodcut initials. (Old ink stain to lower outer corner of first half.) Later calf (light wear); cloth slipcase. Provenance: Monte Sti. Bernardi (bookplate); Anson Phleps Stokes (bookplate, see also lot 1).
FIRST EDITION of the Roman Catholic (Douai-Rheims) version of the New Testament in English. Martin's translation adheres closely to the Latin, but freely uses existing versions. Most striking are the resemblances to Coverdale's diglot of 1538. This Rheims version exerted a strong influence on the Royal version of 1611, transmitting to it an extensive vocabulary and distinctive phrases. Darlow & Moule 134; STC 2883.
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