BIBLIA, DAS IST DIE GANTZE HEILIGE SCHRIFT DEUDSCH.

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BIBLIA, DAS IST DIE GANTZE HEILIGE SCHRIFT DEUDSCH.

Year Published 1535
Place Printed  AUGSBURG
Printed By HEYNRICH STEYNER
Description BIBLIA, DAS IST DIE GANTZE HEILIGE SCHRIFT DEUDSCH.  AUGSBURG: HEYNRICH STEYNER, 1535

Bible in German

6 parts in 2 volumes, small folio (11 1/8 x 7 7/8 in.; 283 x 200mm). Printed on vellum, gothic letter, double columns, 52 lines, 4 handcolored title-pages (3 repeating the same woodcut border), one full-page and 70 vignette woodcuts (all handcolored), numerous historiated or decorative woodcut initials (most handcolored); "D. Marth. Luth." erased from title-page of Propheten, New Testament, and end of Daniel, early repair of lower margin of first title-page, leaves Þii and v supplied in early manuscript facsimile on vellum, occasional small vellum repairs (some with letters supplied in manuscript), some finger-soiling.  Seventeenth-century brown calf gilt, clasps present on the first volume, edges decorated with large red dots; some wear, upper joints starting, some chips at edges and corners, clasps not present on second volume.
Comments Second (first Augsburg) edition of Luther's complete German Bible; this copy, one of 11 surviving copies printed on vellum. This printing of Luther's Bible was planned by Heinrich Stayner as an elaborate production with beautiful page layouts and numerous woodcuts.  it is believed that the vellum copies were printed at the request of John Frederick, Elector of Saxony. These vellum copies have an additional colophon at the end of the second volume identifying the artisan who handled the printing on vellum as Peter Aprell ("Jnn verlegunge Maister Peter Aprellen, Pergamenter"). Stayner published twenty Bibles or partial Bibles in Luther's version between 1524 and 1541. The illustrations, with sixteenth-century handcoloring, are derived from several sources. Three of the title-pages have an elaborate woodcut border derived from the title-page done by Lucas Cranach the Elder for the first edition of the complete Luther Bible in 1534. This border depicts cherubim hanging a scroll against an architectural background. Most of the Old Testament woodcuts first appeared in a 1524 Bible by the Augsburg printer Simprecht Ruff. for the New Testament, Stayner reused woodcuts from an edition he issued in 1531. Twenty-one woodcuts in the Book of Revelation are copied from Hans Holbein, who was inspired by Cranach, who in turn was inspired by Dürer. The notes are set in the textblock at the ends of chapters. Many of the notes from the New Testament survive, with few alterations, from the Septembertestament of 1522. A superb edition of Luther's Bible printed on vellum and in a contemporary binding. Scarce.  
References Formatting the Word of God 4.2; Darlow & Moule 1499, note; VD 16 B2696
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Estimated Price USD 80,000.00 - 120,000.00
Actual Price USD 324,500.00

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Auction House Sothebys
Website http://www.sothebys.com/
Auction Name The Bible Collection of Dr. Charles Caldwell Ryrie
Sale Number #n09539
Auction Date December 5, 2016 - December 5, 2016
Sale Name The Bible Collection of Dr. Charles Caldwell Ryrie
Total Lots 196
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