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1569 First Spanish
, Item #Bear1005

Ancient Bible

First Printing of the Bible in Spanish
The Cassiodoro de Reina Bible of 1569

In the past, 1569 Spanish Bear Bibles has been offered for over $60,000, however we are able to offer this one at a very attractive price.

[Bible in Spanish.] [La Biblia, que es, los sacros libros del Vieio y Nueuo Testamento. Trasladada en Espanol.] [Basel: Guarinus, 1569.]

The earliest edition of the complete Bible in Spanish. Stout quarto size in eights.
Text printed in double columns.

Copy at hand lacks its general title-page (the “Bear” engraving), as bracketed above, with a “close-up” facsimile provided. [ ]2 (title-page and blank to follow, here lacking); [cross]8 “Ad Sereniss. …”; (***)6; (Genesis begins on A1) A-Z8; Aa-Yy8; AA-RR8; (New Testament begins on a1) a-q8; q8 (colophon leaf); The very rare final quire a.i. – a.iii [a.iiii., blank] -- is present: the Annotationes breves.

Paper repair to first leaf, with some loss.

The books are arranged in the order usually followed in contemporary editions of the Latin Vulgate.

Copy at hand maintains comfortable fore-margins and bottom margins; trimmed a little close at top, sometimes threatening headlines. Text block generally clean and fresh.

Early 20th Century hard grain brown morocco, unevenly faded. Spine lettered: Biblia Hispanici / Basle / 1569.

Translated by Cassiodoro de Reina (c. 1520 – 1594), one of the Spanish Reformers, a native of Seville, who escaped from Spain about 1577. He settled in London until 1563, and afterwards lived mostly in Frankfort-on-Main. His translation of the Old Testament is based on the Hebrew, for which purpose he followed mainly the Latin translation of Sanctes Pagninus (though he evidently had a knowledge of Hebrew). For the New Testament, he seems to have expected to incorporate a version which in 1567 was being printed in Paris; but this was apparently suppressed, and he was obliged to prepare his own translation, basing it on the Greek editions in print.

Darlow and Moule 8472. Adams B1206. Palau 28941.



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Just The Facts

Item # Bear1005
OT Title Page: 1569
NT Title Page: 1569
Size: 9.5 x 7.5 x 3.5
Font: Roman

Additional Features:

Full Calf
End Papers: Cotton

Appraisal Value: $55,000

Inventory List Price: $

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