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Biblia, das ist: die gantze heilige Schrift alten und neuen Testaments, nach der ubersetzung und mit den Vorreden und Randglossen D. Martin Luthers.

Bible. German. 1729. Luther.

Published by Johann Georg und Christian Gottfried Cotta, T?bingen, 1729
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In 1522 the first German New Testament by Luther was published, followed two years later by the Old Testament. This is the => first edition of the T?bingen Bible, a Pietist version of the complete Luther Bible => extensively annotated by theology professor Christoph Matthaeus Pfaff (1686?1760) complete with the New Testament edited by his colleague Johann Christian Klemm (1688?1754). "Pietism is a movement within the ranks of Protestantism, originating in the reaction against the fruitless Protestant orthodoxy of the seventeenth century, and aiming at the revival of devotion and practical Christianity." (NCE online) The first volume begins with an introduction to the Pietist reading of Scripture, followed by an explanation of the biblical calendar, weights and measures, offices and traditions of Judaism, a detailed chronological register, Martin Luther's own introduction to the Old Testament, and => five large fold-out engraved plates: maps of Jerusalem; Palestine and the Holy Land; the Adriatic and Asia; the Temple of Ezechiel and Israel; and an illustration of the Jewish Sanhedrin (supreme court), priests, and materials used in worship. The second volume includes an extensive (60-page!) concordance of the Four Evangelists (Harmonia der vier Evangelisten) and => nearly 100 pages of indices. The German text of these two massive tomes clearly designed as a pulpit Bible is printed double-column using gothic type of various sizes and occasional roman, with elegant woodcut initials, ornaments, and one engraved vignette headpiece in each volume ? the first signed Johann Georg Eckstein [Nuremberg]. The title-page of the first volume is printed in red and black. Provenance: Pencil presentation inscription on front pastedown in both volumes from Mrs. Rev. T.T. Jaeger, Reading, PA, June 21, [18]89. Folio extra in 6's (41.9 cm, 16.5"). 2 vols. I: [12 (of 15)] ff., 1248 pp. (i.e., 1256); 5 fold-out plates. II: [4] ff., 582 pp. (i.e., 572); 80 pp., [38] ff. (Lacking added engr. t.-p. in each volume, frontis. port. of Pfaff and 2 prelim. ff. in vol. I). Darlow & Moule 4231 (1730); British Museum Catalogue . Bible (1892), col. 202 (1730). On Pfaff's Luther Bible, see: Christian Kolb, Die Bibel in der Evangelischen Kirche Altw?rttembergs (Stuttgart 1917). Later half vellum over speckled boards, bright orange gilt-lettered spine label, red edges; vellum soiled, cracking, peeling, rubbed. Ex-library with stamps and withdrawn stamps variously on front pastedowns, fly-leaves, title-pages, and edges; stickers on spines. Each volume lacking added engraved title; vol. I lacking frontispiece and two leaves of preliminaries, with title-leaf repaired in two places and a short marginal tear repaired in one other leaf with a second unrepaired; in vol. II, one closed marginal tear extending into text without loss, a marginal tear repaired in another leaf. Occasional small inkstains and rust spots in paper, with some leaves very browned as is typical of the paper. T?moines on a total of six leaves, these => revealing real size of paper . . . BIG!. Bookseller Inventory # 31155

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Title: Biblia, das ist: die gantze heilige Schrift ...

Publisher: Johann Georg und Christian Gottfried Cotta, T?bingen

Publication Date: 1729

Edition: 1st Edition

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