Lot 29
  • 29

Bible in Latin

40,000 - 60,000 USD
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  • A leaf from the Gutenberg Bible. [Mainz: Johann Gutenberg and Johann Fust, 1455]
  • leather,ink,paper
Royal folio (391 × 283 mm). A single leaf: volume I, fo. 198 (quire 20, leaf 10), containing 1 Chronicles 8:37-10:14. 2 columns, 42 lines; initial spaces. Handsomely rubricated in red and blue. The leaf includes a Bull’s Head watermark. Bottom margin of leaf bleached to lighten a water stain, edges of leaf red-stained from preceding binding.. Black morocco binding gilt-titled on upper cover (Stikeman), in chipped slipcase with reinforced spine; including A. Edward Newton’s accompanying essay, A Noble Fragment, 1921. 


Unidentified German convent or church — Court Library of Mannheim — Royal Library of Munich — Robert Curzon, 1810-1870, 14th Baron Zouche, by descent to — Mary Cecil Curzon Frankland, 1877-1965, 17th Baroness Zouche (from 1917), sold via Sotheby’s, 9 November 1920, lot 70 — [Frank Sabin; Gabriel Wells] — Carson Brevoort (morocco booklabel)


Goff B-526; GW 4201; BMC I 17 (IC.55); BSB-Ink B-408; Bod-inc B-237. Censuses: De Ricci Mayence 34.53=78; Schwenke 37; Needham P18; Folter 45

Catalogue Note

A second leaf from the “Noble Fragment” copy of the Gutenberg Bible (see preceding lot for details).