BIBLE, IN FRENCH La Bible qui est toute la saincte escripture. En laquelle sont contenue le vieil testament & le nouveau translatez en francoys. Le vieil de lebrieu & le nouveau du grec, colophon: Neuchâtel, Pierre de Wingle, 4 June 1535

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BIBLE, IN FRENCH
La Bible qui est toute la saincte escripture. En laquelle sont contenue le vieil testament & le nouveau translatez en francoys. Le vieil de lebrieu & le nouveau du grec, colophon: Neuchâtel, Pierre de Wingle, 4 June 1535

Sold for £ 11,312 (US$ 14,120) inc. premium
BIBLE, IN FRENCH
La Bible qui est toute la saincte escripture. En laquelle sont contenue le vieil testament & le nouveau translatez en francoys. Le vieil de lebrieu & le nouveau du grec, Gothic type, title in roman and modified Gothic, double column, full page 61 lines, ornamental woodcut border around words "La Bible" on general and New Testament title-pages, small crown and heart device on Apocrypha title-page and colophon leaf, numerous woodcut initials, title repaired with old paper laid over margins and blank areas of verso, loss of a couple of letters to title recto and 2 preliminary leaves, light dampstain to some upper or lower margins, vellum, metal clasps [Adams B1128; Darlow & Moule 3710], folio (358 x 252mm.), colophon: Neuchâtel, Pierre de Wingle, 4 June 1535

Footnotes

  • FIRST EDITION OF THE FIRST FRENCH PROTESTANT BIBLE, a revision based on the Hebrew and Greek by Pierre Robert Olivétan. John Calvin supplied a preface. This Bible "exercised no slight influence on the English Bible of 1537, known as the "Matthew's Bible..., [and] in its later form, as the French Geneva version, it influenced still more strongly the English Geneva Bible" (Darlow and Moule). This copy has the general title repaired, but as Darlow and Moule note "the First French Protestant Bible often lacks the title and preliminary leaves, which were torn out by their owners to delude inquisitive officials and prevent the confiscation of the book".

    Provenance: Charles Edouard Courvoisier, 1835; gifted to his son Eugène Courvoisier, 12 July 1864; gifted by Paul and Sophie Courvosier to Paul Dubois, pasteur at Neuchâtel, December 1925, ownership inscriptions and notes on the front free endpaper. The Bible was sometimes known as "La Bible de Serrières" from the village near Neuchâtel, where it was published.
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