Octavo. , 679, pp. Later blind-stamped calf. Raised bands. Metal clasps remnant. Book housed in a modern custom-made red cloth clamshell box, with gold lettering to spine. Title and calendar in red and black lettering. Title page within ornamental border. Title vignette with Plantin's motto 'Labore et Constantia' (By Labor and Constancy) which surrounds the symbol of a compass held by a hand extending from a bank of clouds and inscribing a circle. The center point of the compass indicates constancy, the moving point which renders the circle is the labor. Decorative initials, and tailpieces. Illustrated head-chapters. Strikingly illustrated throughout with 205 in-text woodcuts (including the 12 illustrating the calendar), this handsome edition of the New Testament is a perfect example of the fine books that were printed at the Plantin Press, in Anvers, during the late 16th century.Head and tail of spine chipped, and heavy rubbing to spine. Moderate rubbing on covers. Clasps missing. Previous owner's stamp on title. Minor and sporadic water-staining to lower inner margin 9not affecting text). Minor age-toning along paper margin. Text in Dutch, gothic script. Clamshell box in very good, binding in fair, interior in good to very good condition. About the publisher: Christophe Plantin (c. 1520-1589) was an influential Renaissance humanist, a prolific printer and prosperous entrepreneur, publishing more than 40 editions of emblem books. In contrast, his most important work is considered to be the "Biblia Regia" (King's Bible), also known as the Plantin Polyglot. In spite of clerical opposition, Plantin was encouraged by King Philip II of Spain, who sent him the learned Benito Arias Montano to lead the editorship. With Montano's zealous help, the work was finished in five years (1569-1573, 8 vols, folio). This work earned Plantin little profit, but resulted in Philip's granting him the privilege of printing all Roman Catholic liturgical books (missals, breviaries, etc.) for the states ruled by Philip, the title "Architypographus Regii," which he dutifully added to the title pages of Plantin Press books, and the unwanted duty of prototypo-graphus regius, obligating him to inspect and verify the skill and dogmatic adherence of other printers. Besides the Plantin Polyglot, Plantin published many other works of note, such as the "Dictionarium Tetraglotton" of 1562, which was a dictionary in Greek, Latin, French and Flemish, editions of St. Augustine and St. Jerome, the botanical works of Dodonaeus, Clusius and Lobelius, and the description of the Netherlands by Guicciardini. His editions of the Bible in Hebrew, Latin and Dutch, his Corpus juris, Latin and Greek classics, and many other works are renowned for their beautiful execution and accuracy. A skillful businessman, by 1575 his printing firm reckoned more than 20 presses and 73 workmen, plus various specialists who did job-work out of their homes. Though outwardly a faithful member of the Catholic Church, he appears to have used his resources to support several sects of Protestant heretics. It is now proven that many of their books, published without naming the printer, came from Plantin Press. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Het Nieuwe Testament ons Heeren Jesu Christi...
Publisher: Christoffel Plantijn (Christophe Plantin)
Publication Date: 1577
Book Condition: f to vg
Edition: Later edition.
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