- Lipsiae (Leipzig): Sumtibus Haeredum Lanckisianorum, 1747-51.
- quarter leather; paper-covered boards
- (20), 1253; (36), 1254-1604, 306, 88; (12), 968 pages
Price: $7,500.00 other currencies
Order Nr. 115839
Text in Latin, German, Hebrew, Greek, and Syriac. A three volume edition of the Old and New Testaments of the Bible, including the apocryphal books. A well known and generally acclaimed polyglot Bible, was edited by Christian Reineccius, a Lutheran scholar. The Old Testament is published in Hebrew, Greek (the Septuagint version), German, and Latin (the Vulgate). The Apocrypha is in Greek, Latin, and German. The New Testament (with a separate title page) is printed in Syriac, Greek (two versions), Latin, and German. The German version of all is Martin Luther's translation. The first volume includes the books of Genesis through Esther. The second volume includes the books of Job through Malachi, and the Apocrypha. The third volume is the New Testament, entire. Each volume includes commentary by Luther (in German). The third volume also includes variant readings of the Greek and Syriac translations, a harmony of the Gospels, the Jewish calendar, and annotations in the New Testament text. Introductory comments and chapters with engraved headpieces and decorative capitals begin each chapter of the Scripture text. Each volume has a title page in red and black, with a title page, in black only, beginning the Apocrypha in the second volume. In addition, the New Testament volume has an additional title page engraved by Johann Gottfreid Kriigner of Leipzig, known for his editions of J.S. Bach's works.
The New Testament was originally published in 1713. Darlow and Moule state it was "reissued with a new title and preface in 1747," and generally known as the Leipzig Polyglot. (Darlow II, 1451, 4245).The two volumes containing the Old Testament and Apocrypha followed in 1750 and 1750, respectively. Dibden calls the work "excellent and commodious."
Boards are scuffed and rubbed at edges, in particular some separation between the vellum and the paper boards on the rear cover of volume one. Soiling on endpapers. Some light foxing on title pages and in text. Some leaves of text bent at edges.