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1549 New Testament
Black letter small folio. Collation: Complete New Testament including table at the end, title-page restored, some chips and tears or repairs throughout as expected. Some light soil. Overall very nice.
Printed in a rather peculiar black-letter; double columns, with 65 lines to the full column. References, and a few notes, etc,. in margins; contents before each chapter. The majority of the notes are printed together after the chapters. With Tyndale’s prologue to Romans.
Containing the well-known "Wife Beater" note of 1 Peter 3 on the words to dwel a wyfe accordinge to knowledge, in which occurs the sentence, And yf she be not obedient and healpfull unto hym endevoureth to beat the feare of God into her heade, that thereby she maye be compelled to learne her duitie and do it.
This New Testament is extraordinarily important and extremely rare, as are all Bibles in English printed before Queen Mary’s reign (1553-1558).
The “Matthew’s Bible” of William Tyndale as seen through the press by John Rogers is “generally considered to be the real primary version of our English Bible” (A.S. Herbert, 1968).
Herbert 74 (New Testament Only). Darlow & Moule 47. STC 2077.
Item # ES1549NT