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The “Baptist” Bible
1536 Zurich “Combined Bible”
[Bible in German; Bible in Swiss-German.] [Die gantze Bibel … Zurich: Froschover (Froschauer), 1536 (colophon date)]
A close reprinting of Froschauer’s 1531 “Baptist” Bible, or the Zurich “Combined” Bible called Kombinierte.
Contents: Hie nach volget ein kurtzer seiger… (concordance); [List of Books, and a chronology); Bibl e text of Genesis through Revelation (complete). General title supplied in facsimile; no separate New Testament title-page called for in this edition, which is signed and foliated without break from Malachi to Matthew.
Folio, almost 15” tall, signed in eights. 50 lines in full column. Collation: Preliminaries: aaa-bbb6, ccc3; Text: a-z8, A-T8, V5 (lacks [V6] a blank and aa.i flytitl e to the second part of the Old Testament), aa.ii-[viii], bb-zz8, AA-QQ8, RR5 [colophon at RR5v].
Profusely and wonderfully illustrated: Large woodcut to open Genesis; approximately 198 woodcuts (mostly 11-line, full column, with those in Revelation being 15-line, full column); plus approximately 78 woodcut historiated initials (some repeats, especially in the epistles [“Saul on the road to Damascus”]). A few woodcuts and initials with contemporary amateur tinting (the opening few in Genesis, incipit of Numbers, and last cut in Revelation).
Minor stains and damp. A few tears/repairs. Significant paper repair at dd.iii. in the Psalter. A short tear in to text of KK, opening of Romans. Some gutter repairs in Revelation. Other minor and inoffensive flaws. A few early ink marginal notations.
Full blind-tooled contemporary German pigskin over wooden boards, worn and with original clasp straps perished, but holding perfectly strong.
Copinger 209; this recension reprinted in 1529 and 1530 (Copinger 221 and 225).
Not in Darlow and Moule, but see note at DM 6107, p. 924.
Item # GER1002
Appraisal Value: $50,000
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