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1551 Greek New Testament
, Item #ES1551

The 1551 Stephanus New Testament in Greek and Latin

The First Printing of Scripture with Modern Verse Divisions


[Bible in Greek.][Bible in Latin.] [title in Greek, then:] Nouum IESV Chirsti D.N.Testamentum, cum duplici interpretatione, D. Erasmi, et veteris interpretis: ... [device] [Geneva:] Ex officina Roberti Stephani. M.D.LI.

First printing of the New Testament with verse divisions, based on the 1550 Stephanus “editio regia” New Testament in Greek, later known as the “Textus Receptus” (per the Elseviers, 1633) and the main Greek text used by the King James translators. The Greek text follows the Stephanus 1550 so closely that only six alterations have been identified. With parallel columns of the Vulgate Latin and the Erasmus Latin.

Sixteenmo signed in eights. A-z8, aa-zz8, aaa-mmm8. Contents: Vol 1 Matthew - Acts of the Apostles: Vol 2 Romans - Revelation with separate title. The fourth and final edition published by Robert Estienne (Stephanus) the elder.

Notes at the end of volume 2 are likely a 17th-century cursive, but with a mix of Italian and Germanic features, most likely scribed in the Alps, Austria or SE Germany.

Robert Estienne (a.k.a. Stephanus) published four Greek New Testaments in the sixteenth century (1546, 1549, 1550, and 1551). The first three editions of his Novum Testamentum were published in Paris, the fourth in Geneva. His third edition of 1550 was affectionately known as Editio Regia, because of the magnificent Greek font and large folio size of the codex. Not only the most handsome, the 1550 Stephanus is also the most important of his texts. This was the first published Greek New Testament to have a textual apparatus. Stephanus examined 15 manuscripts and listed several of their readings in the margins of his Editio Regia. Stephanus’s fourth edition was the first to have verse divisions in it, a feature that Stephanus invented to help the reader more easily compare the two Latin translations and the Greek that are found in the fourth edition. Though the text of the third and fourth editions was virtually identical, the fourth became the basis for the Geneva Bible, the first Bible translation to have verse divisions. The 1550 Stephanus also became the standard text to be used as a collating base for countless collations of Greek New Testament manuscripts.


Just The Facts

Item # ES1551
New Testament: 1551
Size: 5.5 x 4 x 2
Roman Font

Additional Features:

Full Calf
End Papers: Cotton

Appraisal Value: $120,000

Sale Price: $85,000


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