Lot 37
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Bible in Latin

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  • Bible, Latin, with Postilla of Nicolaus de Lyra. Venice: Franciscus Renner, de Heilbronn, 1482–1483
  • leather,ink,paper
Super-Chancery folio (320 × 230 mm). A large portion of volume II only, with Psalms through Minor Prophets (1-2 Maccabees not present). Collation of this volume: A-I10 K8 (Psalms, K8v blank); 1-810 9-108 (Proverbs-Ecclesiasticus, 10/8v blank); 11-3010 318 32-3310 3412 (Prophets; 34/12v blank): 433 of 434 leaves, lacking A1 with Lyra’s prologue to Psalms; quire 20 (in Jeremiah) misbound, the leaves in order 1-4, 7-9, 5-6, 10. Rubricated in red and blue, yellow capital wash, the major pages with contemporary illuminated initials and borders. Water stains on many leaves, partly weakening the colors of the illumination, and scattered foxing.Twentieth-century pigskin, edges gilt. 


Ernst Anspach (bookplate)


Formatting the Word of God 3.2; Goff B-612; GW 4287; BMC V 197 (IB.19883); BSB-Ink B-447; Bod-inc B-318

Catalogue Note

The second edition of the Bible with the commentary surround of Lyra’s Postilla literalis, following by a year the editio princeps, Venice: [Johannes Herbert] for Johannes de Colonia, Nicolaus Jenson et socii, 31 July 1481 (Goff B-611). Renner’s edition has the Old Testament in two volumes and the New Testament in a third, with dated colophon. This copy contains extensive Franco-Flemish illumination, with gilt book initials, and elaborate floral and historiated borders at both book openings (excluding Hosea) and most prologue openings. The border illumination at Ezekiel incorporates and ecclesiastical coat of arms. This would have been originally the second volume of a three-volume set, with Maccabees, contained on distinct quires 35-37, bound at the beginning of the third volume.