Sussex Saleroom: 14th July 2020
INCUNABLE - Bible, in Latin. Biblia cum tabula noviter edita. Venice: "per Symonem Bevilqua," [not before 22 November] 1494. Large 8vo (207152mm). 464 leaves [collated complete, with blanks as called for], printed mostly in double column, table printed in triple column, 55-lines to a page, small Gothic type, initials hand-painted alternately in red and blue, capital letters marked in red, printed marginal notes, table by Gabriele Bruno (small pieces torn away from blank margins of aii, m4, r2 and J1, tab torn at margin of q1, marginal repair to C5, some light mainly marginal staining and spotting, mainly at lower margin). Contemporary panelled calf over boards, small vellum tabs (rebacked, upper cover detached, lower joints split, spine rather worn, lacks clasps, corners eroded, inner hinges crudely reinforced, rubbed and scuffed). Provenance: old [?]signature on aii scribbled out and partly excised; E. Calvert (later library label on front pastedown), some old marginal annotation. One of the "Fontibus ex grecis" Vulgate bibles, which were translated from now-lost ancient Hebrew and Arameic manuscripts between 382 and 405 AD by the scholar priest known as St. Jerome (Eusebius Hieronymus), and one of the first of all Latin bibles to be printed in a smaller format. BMC V.519; cf. Brunet I, 327; Copinger Incunabula biblica 100; Darlow & Moule 6089; Goff B597; GW 4274; Hain 3117*; IGI 1677; Quentin 81; Sheppard 4468.