18 December 2003
BIBLE, New Testament, Greek and Latin. Novum Instrumentum omne, diligenter ab Erasmo Roterdamo recognitum & emendatum. Basel: Johann Froben, 1516.
Two parts in one, 2o (315 x 208 mm). Printed in Greek and Roman type, double column. 3 pages with woodcut borders by Urs Graf, numerous woodcut capitals, head- and tail-pieces, the head-piece and two large initials printed in red at the beginning of second part; blank leaf t6 present. (Some light marginal worming at beginning, marginal chipping to title and last few leaves, occasional light marginal dampstaining or foxing, blank corner of b6 torn away.) Contemporary blind-tooled pigskin over wooden boards (spine reinforced). Provenance: some early marginalia; Johann Georg Lehm (early ownership inscription); Anson Phelps Stokes (bookplate, see also lot 1).
FIRST PUBLISHED EDITION OF THE NEW TESTAMENT IN GREEK, edited by Erasmus, with his Latin translation and annotations, the basis for the subsequent translations of Luther and Tyndale. Although the New Testament volume of the Complutensian Polyglot was printed as early as 1514, it was not circulated until about 1520, due to the fact that Erasmus had been granted a Papal sanction and an exclusive privilege by Maximilian I. Erasmus's edition "obtained a much wider circulation, and exercised a far greater influence than its rival on the subsequent fortunes of the text" (Darlow & Moule 4591). Adams B-1679; In Remembrance of Creation 161.
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