VERCELLONE, Carlo (d. 1869) and Guiseppe COZZA. Bibliorum Sacrorum Graecus Codex Vaticanus auspice Pio IX. Pontifice Maximo. Roma: Congregationis de Propaganda Fide, 1867.
2o (430 x 380 mm). PRINTED ON VELLUM. Title, section title, 22 leaves, being the Gospel of Matthew. Spanish red morocco richly gilt with a wide floral gilt border on covers, each cover centering the arms of the titular kings of Spain in red, tan and grey morocco and flocked with red fleece.
The Book of Matthew, specially printed on vellum and bound for presentation, being a section of the celebrated Vercellone edition of the Codex Vaticanus. In 1859 "a poor reprint of the New Testament edition of 1857 had been struck off at Leipzig for a London firm. Yet critics persisted in thinking a new and accurate edition of the "Vaticanus" was imperatively needed, and Pius IX manifested his intention to carry out the design and entrust it to Vercellone. The latter helped Tischendorf in the preparation of his 'Nov. Test. Vat.' (Leipzig, 1867). In 1868, appeared the first volume of the 'Bibliorum sacrorum graecus codex vaticanus, auspice PIO IX...editus', the work of Vercellone and the Basilian monk Cozza; the second volume (Genesis-Josue) followed in 1869, shortly before Vercellone's death, and the others in 1870, 1871, 1872, and 1881, Cajetan Sergio and Canon Henry Fabiani having replaced Vercellone. Vercellone's critical studies on the text of the Latin Vulgate, although he brought the work only as far as IV Kings, contributed more to his fame than the editing of the Vatican manuscript" (Catholic Encyclopedia). The complete Vercellone edition of the Codex Vaticanus was printed in six volumes from 1868-1881. The facsimile is distinguished by the excellent type, reproducing the original Greek handwriting.