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Nürnberg: Anton Koberger, 1480.

6th Edition. Hardcover. Folio - over 12 - 15" tall. Good. Item #003069

April 14, 1480. Royal folio (370 x 263 mm). 462 (of 468) leaves only, lacking first unfoliated leaf (1)1 plus foliated leaves j-iii, xi and ccclxvi. Gothic type 3:110G, 4:160G; text in double column, 49-53 lines, headline, initial spaces, shoulder notes to Gospels. Collation (unsigned): [112 2-2210 23-246; 25-3610 37-386; 39-4110 42-438; 44-4810; 496]. Colophon on (48)10v: Anno incarnationis dominice. Millesimo quadringentesimo octuagesimo. Mai vero kalen-das. octuaodecimo ... In oppido Nurnbergensis. per Antonius Coburger prefati oppidi incolam industria cuius quam diligentissime fabrefactum... Initials supplied in alternating red and blue ink (a few double-colored and with additional penwork filling), red capital strokes. Bound in 18th-century half pigskin, spine with 5 raised bands and with 2 gilt-lettered labels, boards with some blind ruling, original brass clasps, catches and pigskin latches (light rubbing, upper hinge with partial split towards head of spine). Pasted to inner front-board is a handwritten description in German of this copy and its defects probably dating back to the time it was rebound (early 18th-c). The book received additional thick endpapers at a later stage for reinforecement with the front pastedown excised to show the manuscript text and an old shelf mark ("no. 799"). The text is slightly browned throughout, old damp with some pink mildew has stained several pages towards gutter of the lower margin, some watertaining (stronger on first pages) and lamp-oil smudging is present elsewhere, the first 10 leaves have been restored at gutter with paper reinforecements (partially obscuring text), some old paper repairs of tears elsewhere, wormholes are present in the first 30 leaves, 5 pages with holes (affecting text) repaired with silk paper, a few leaves closely trimmed at upper margin (touching headlines on 2 pages). Several ink notes in neat contemporary hands can be found mostly in the first half of the book. Still a good copy despite the stronger staining. ----

THE 6TH BIBLE BY ANTON KOBERGER. Like Koberger's editions of 1477, 1478, and 1479 (Goff B-552, 557, 559, 564), this contains the tract of Mendardus (which fell out of the printed tradition of later Vulgate Bibles), Eusebian canons, and marginal Gospel concordances. It is the last Royal folio Vulgate Bible of the fifteenth century."Anton Koberger's printing ranks high among the early typographers. His Gothic type is beautiful, the ink a rich black, the page composed - all uniting to produce a distinguished example of incunabula printing." "Berkowitz, In Remembrance of Creation, no. 97). Koberger produced 15 Latin Bible editions. Latein. Bibeldrucke D74; GW 4243; BMC C 7198; Polain (B) 655; Hain/Cop. 3076; Goff B-568. - Visit our website for additional images and information.

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