The First Plantin Latin Bible

Biblia, ad vetustissima exemplaria nunc recens castigata ….

Antwerp: Ex officina Christophori Plantini, 1559.

First Plantin edition of the Latin Bible. [8], 424 [i.e. 432],110, [21] leaves. 1 vols. 8vo. The First Plantin Latin Bible. Contemporary calf, worn, endleaves lacking, covers almost detached but hanging (for dear life) by cords, spine defective. Title-page soiled and chipped at outer edge, old ownership inscriptions in ink and library stamp on title as well as final page; closely cropped copy, with a few running headings shaved. Still, an acceptable copy for its rarity. Darlow & Moule, note at no. 6141; (“the first edition of the Latin Bible printed by Christopher Plantin”); not in Adams; OCLC: 54339224 (2 copies in USA). Item #253994

A new edition of the Louvain edition (originally published 1547) of the Vulgate Latin Bible (see Darlow & Moule, note at no. 6141), printed by Plantin. Another issue of this edition (from the same typesetting) has imprint: “Antuerpi : Apud Iohannem Steelsium, 1559.” It is the first Latin Bible printed by Plantin, and both issues are extremely scarce. OCLC locates only two copies in the United States of this, the scarcer and more desirable issue with the Plantin imprint; and no copies have appeared at auction for (at least) 35 years.

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