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Lot 32: New Testament, Greek.- Tes Kaines Diathekes Apanta, Novum Testamentum, Robert Estienne, Paris, 1546. The first Estienne Greek New Testament.

Important Books, Western Manuscripts and Works on Paper: Day One

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November 15, 2016

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Description: New Testament, Greek. Tes Kaines Diathekes Apanta. Novum Testamentum [graece], edited by Robert Estienne, collation: a-z, A-K; aa-zz8, 2 parts in 1, first Estienne edition, second issue (with November in colophon), titles Greek and Roman type, text Greek type, titles with woodcut basilisk devices, woodcut decorative initials and head-pieces, colophon f. with woodcut printer's device verso, final 2 ff. blank (2z7&8), contemporary ink marginalia and inter-linear notes in different hands, staining at head of first c.40pp. to varying degrees, some (mostly light) foxing or spotting, contemporary blind-stamped and later gilt armorial vellum over boards with 'I § A §' and date '1548' to upper cover, spine in compartments and with contemporary ink title and shelf number '60', soiled, 16mo (133 x 90mm), Paris, Robert Estienne, November, 1546. ⁂ The first Estienne Greek New Testament. It is the first book printed in Claude Garamond's second and smallest grecs du roi. Estienne established his text by comparing the Complutensian and Erasmian printed editions with several manuscripts. 'The first Estienne Greek Testament and the second of 1549...are commonly known as the "O mirificam" editions, from the opening words of Robert's preface to François I, praising him for commissioning the second Greek font in order to provide Greek texts in pocket format' (Schreiber). Provenance: '1559, S E T, Joachim a Sÿntzendorff' (ink inscription to head of first title), the marginalia appears to be in the same hand; contemporary ink notes to penultimate blank headed 'Durandus De Coena'. Literature: Adams B1657; D&M 4616; Mortimer, French, 74; Renouard, Estienne, 66:2; Schreiber 90.

Notes: Category: Literature, Manuscripts and History

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