1546 Nouum Testamentum , Item # ER1546
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1546 Greek New Testament
The Earliest Stephanus Greek New Testament
[Title in Greek.] Nouum Testamentum. Ex Bibliotheca Regia. [Estienne’s device] Lutitiae: Ex officinal Roberti Stephani typographi Regii, typis Regiis. 1546.
Sixteenmo, signed in eights. a-z8 A-K8 aa-yy8 zz6. 446 folios. Colophon at zz6r and device on verso.
First Edition of the Greek Testament printed by Robert Estienne (Stephanus), and the first book printed in Garamond's “cicero” font of the “grecs du roi.”
Old calf, rebacked, preserving most of old spine. Marbled endpapers. All edge gilt. In a modern calf-backed clamshell case. With the ink stamp of Queen’s College Cambridge on the verso of the title-page. Lightly ruled in red. Nice fore-margins and bottom margins; a little close at top. Near fine text block.
This first Estienne Greek Testament and the second of 1549 are commonly known as the "O mirificam" editions, from the opening words of Estienne’s preface to Francois I, praising him for commissioning the second Greek font in order to provide Greek texts in pocket format.
Robert established his text by comparing the Complutensian and the Erasmus 1535 printed editions with several manuscripts.
Darlow & Moule 4616.
Please Note: This is a low-resolution photo, which shows the format, but makes reading the text nearly impossible. In reality, the text of these Bibles is large enough and clear enough to read very easily.
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Item # ER1546
Title Page: 1546
Size: 5 x 3.5 x 1.5
End Papers: Marble
Appraisal Value: $13,000
Inventory List Price: $8,500
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