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1550 The Stephanus “Editio Regia” of the Greek N.T.


  • Version: Non-English Bibles
  • Age Range: 1501 to 1559
  • Size Range: Lectern Folios (11”-15” Tall)
  • Appraisal Value: $65,000
  • Actual Size: 11.5 x 8 x 1.5
  • Font: Greek
  • Other Features: End Papers: Cotton, Full Calf

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The Stephanus “Editio Regia”
of the Greek New Testament, 1550

Source Text for the King James New Testament
And Fundament of the Greek “Textus Receptus”
Distinguished Provenance

[Bible in Greek.] [Title in Greek] … Novum Iesu Christi D.N. Testamentum. Ex Bibliotheca Regia. Ex Officina Roberti Stephani typographi Regii, Regiis typis: Lutetiae. 1550.

The third and most important of R. Stephanus’ editions, known as the Editio Regia, substantially based on the final lifetime recension of Erasmus.

A collation against the first edition of Stephanus, 1546, reveals that in 38 passages the editor here rejected the Complutensian reading in favor of that if Erasmus, whereas the converse occurs only twice. This edition is the important 1550 printing in Paris by Estienne (Robert Stephanus) of the Greek New Testament, based on the final lifetime edition of Erasmus of Rotterdam. This was this printing that Stephanus used to divide the text into numbered verses which he first put into print in the 1551 edition. These two Stephanus printings (1550, 1551) were utilized by the translators of the New Testament for the 1611 King James Bible and became cited as the fundament of the 1633 “Textus Receptus” Greek New Testament printed by the Elzeviers in Amsterdam (DM 4679) – “Est haec ipsa editio ex qua derivatur quem nostri textum receptum vulgo vocant, nomine rei minus bene aptato”.

Small folio in eights. Collates complete. *8, **8, a-q8, r6, A-M8, N6. .

Darlow and Moule 4622, pp. 587-8. Cf. also: Scrivener-Miller, Introduction, i, p. 124, n.3 and ii, pp. 190-1; Ellis, Bentleii Critica Sacra, pp. xiv-xv; Hoskier, Full Accountpassim. [invCL 1550.523]