Each of the title pages in this edition contains both Hebrew (square and Rashi type) and Latin text, as well as Estienne’s device, an olive tree with a man standing to the right. Between them is the phrase Noli altum sapere (“Be not high-minded;” Rom. 11:20). This device is one of several employed by Robert I and other members of the Estienne printing dynasty.
Lacking only the Five Scrolls, the present lot is otherwise complete, and is remarkable not only for its excellent state of preservation, but for the copious nineteenth-century Latin and Hebrew marginalia added to the opening pages of the Book of Job.
Vol. 1: Pentateuch: 579 pages.
Vol. 2: Former Prophets: 501 pages; Chronicles: 180 pages.
Vol. 3: Isaiah: 124 pages; Jeremiah: 163 pages; Ezekiel: 139 pages; Daniel: 47 pages; Ezra-Nehemiah: 71 pages.
Vol. 4: Psalms: 151 pages; Proverbs: 53 pages; Job: 59 pages; Hosea: 66 pages; Joel: 20 pages; Amos: 44 pages; Jonah: 14 pages; Obadiah: 8 pages; Micah: 32 pages; Nahum: 15 pages; Habakkuk: 19 pages; Zephaniah: 16 pages; Haggai: 12 pages; Zachariah: 59 pages; Malachi: 18 pages.
Elizabeth Armstrong, Robert Estienne, Royal Printer: An Historical Study of the Elder Stephanus (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1954), 51, 119-121.
Hendrik D. L. Vervliet, The Palaeotypography of the French Renaissance: Selected Papers on Sixteenth-Century Typefaces, vol. 1 (Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2008), 136-144.
Vinograd, Paris 16
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