BIBLE, IN POLISH [Biblia To iest. Kxiegi Stharego y Nowego Zakonu], [Cracow, N. and S. Scharffenberger, 1561], sold not subject to return

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Lot 119
BIBLE, IN POLISH
[Biblia To iest. Kxiegi Stharego y Nowego Zakonu], [Cracow, N. and S. Scharffenberger, 1561], sold not subject to return

£ 1,500 - 2,000
US$ 1,900 - 2,500
BIBLE, IN POLISH
[Biblia To iest. Kxiegi Stharego y Nowego Zakonu], Old Testament only, black letter, in 2 columns, numerous woodcut illustrations including a full-page representation of the Crucifixion on final leaf (laid down), large woodcut decorative initials, lacking 16 leaves (title, 12 of 13 preliminary leaves, blank 3M6 and 4X3-4), loss to body text of approximately 25 leaves (where significant supplied in manuscript facsimile), opening 18 leaves strengthened/repaired at margins, nineteenth century calf gilt, sides with roll-tool border of leaves, grapes and feathers, lettered "Stary Testament" on spine, red edges [Darlow & Moule 7383], folio (300 x 205mm.), [Cracow, N. and S. Scharffenberger, 1561], sold not subject to return

Footnotes

  • THE EDITIO PRINCEPS OF THE BIBLE IN POLISH, known as the "Cracow Bible" or "Leopolita Bible". This copy has only the Old Testament which, unlike the New Testament, had never been published in Polish previously. This first printing contains the Maccabees (omitted from the editions of 1575 and 1577), and has no verse divisions (which were added in the later editions). All copies are rare, with none traced at auction on Rare Book Hub.

    Provenance: Red wax seal on repair of first leaf.
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