A fine leaf from the first dated Bible, the Fourth printed Bible (preceded only by: Gutenberg, the 36-line Bible and Mentelin). Using a new type face; type set on a smaller body with more lines to the page. Printed double column, 48 lines per page. With manuscript titles in red and blue, large red and blue chapter numbers and two beautiful large extended initials, one red and brown and one red and blue, each with fine pen work extending over 23 lines. Folio sheet, 42.2 by 29.8 centimeters. A very handsome leaf, very well preserved and especially fresh with virtually no edge wear and no staining. A RARE AND IMPORTANT LEAF FROM THE 1462 BIBLE. For all intents and purposes, the earliest obtainable printed Bible leaves after those of the Gutenberg Bible – and these, at a fraction of the cost. The leaf is from PARALIPOMENON, Second Chronicles, and contains 27 lines of chapter XXXIV, all of chapter XXXV and all of chapter XXXVI. The historical part of Paralipomenon covers the same period as the last three Books of Kings. Much of the matter is the same in both and often, indeed, the two narratives not only agree in the facts they relate, but describe them almost in the same words. In the chapters included here Judah is destroyed and the people taken into exile in Babylon, and in the final verses the Persian king Cyrus conquers Babylon, and authorises the restoration of the Temple of Solomon, and the return of the exiles. Chronicles concludes with chapter XXXVI and thus this leaf marks the end of history-oriented books of the Old Testament. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: LEAF FROM THE FIRST DATED BIBLE. PARALI ...
Publisher: Mainz Fust and Schoeffer 1462
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