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Bible. Psalter. Polyglot
PSALTERIUM IN QUATUOR LINGUIS HEBRAEA GRAECA CHALDAEA LATINA [EDITED BY JOHANN POTKEN]. COLOGNE: [JOHANN POTKEN AND JOHANN SOTER], 10 JUNE 1518
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4,0006,000
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Bible. Psalter. Polyglot
PSALTERIUM IN QUATUOR LINGUIS HEBRAEA GRAECA CHALDAEA LATINA [EDITED BY JOHANN POTKEN]. COLOGNE: [JOHANN POTKEN AND JOHANN SOTER], 10 JUNE 1518
Estimate
4,0006,000
LOT SOLD. 4,750 GBP
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Bible. Psalter. Polyglot
PSALTERIUM IN QUATUOR LINGUIS HEBRAEA GRAECA CHALDAEA LATINA [EDITED BY JOHANN POTKEN]. COLOGNE: [JOHANN POTKEN AND JOHANN SOTER], 10 JUNE 1518
Chancery folio (270 x 195mm.), title within arabesque woodcut border, Greek, Roman, Ethiopic and Hebrew types, three woodcut ornamental initals (Latin, Greek, Hebrew) for Psalm 1, without blank leaf &6, some manuscript annotations in Latin, Greek and Hebrew, late eighteenth-century English tree calf gilt, gilt monogram stamped on covers, flat spine gilt, red edges, green silk page marker, lacking final quire with the grammar of Hebrew, Greek and Ethiopic, title-page slightly soiled and repaired in gutter, a few stains, binding slightly rubbed, rebacked retaining most of original spine
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Provenance

Luton Library, armorial bookplate; sale, Sotheby's, 17 June 1999, lot 201

Literature

Darlow & Moule 1413; VD16 B3101

Catalogue Note

The editor, Johann Potken, was provost of the collegiate church of St Georg in Cologne. His address to the reader states that during his long years in Rome he had learned the Ethiopic language (which he calls Chaldean) from Ethiopic pilgrims to the court of Leo X. While in Rome he had already commissioned an Ethiopic Psalter, with specially cut types, to be printed there by Marcellus Silber in 1513, and the type then passed into the possession of Soter in Cologne. Potken must also have known the 1516 Genoa Polyglot Psalter: the title-border of the Cologne edition is closely modelled on the Genoese one.

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