Order Nr. 138952 BIBLIA SACRA MAZARINAEA [with] THE GUTENBERG BIBLE: A COMMENTARY.
BIBLIA SACRA MAZARINAEA [with] THE GUTENBERG BIBLE: A COMMENTARY.
BIBLIA SACRA MAZARINAEA [with] THE GUTENBERG BIBLE: A COMMENTARY.
BIBLIA SACRA MAZARINAEA [with] THE GUTENBERG BIBLE: A COMMENTARY.
BIBLIA SACRA MAZARINAEA [with] THE GUTENBERG BIBLE: A COMMENTARY.
BIBLIA SACRA MAZARINAEA [with] THE GUTENBERG BIBLE: A COMMENTARY.

BIBLIA SACRA MAZARINAEA [with] THE GUTENBERG BIBLE: A COMMENTARY.

(Gutenberg Bible).

4 volumes. Historical Background - Transcription - Translation.

  • Paris, France: Editions Les Incunables, 1985.
  • 41 x 30 cm
  • full red morocco in maroufled greige canvas boxes with garnet morocco title labels, spine ribbed with gilt fillets and framed in gilt iron, green and tan morocco title and volume numbers, covers framed with 3 gilt fillets, cups adorned with double gilt fillets, inside covers framed with gilt wheels
  • facsimile volumes are unpaginated, companion volume is 1327 pages with 7 reproduction plates and 2 double documentary plates.
  • ISBN: 290569906X
  • ISBN: 9782905699060

Price: $2,250.00  other currencies

Order Nr. 138952

Facsimile edition. Prospectus loosely included. The first two volumes are a life-size facsimile of the original kept at the Mazarine Library, with the two additional companion volumes that give a short history of the Bible, as well as a Latin-to-English translation. All four volumes are in fine condition.

The Gutenberg Bible or Latin Bible with forty-two lines (B42) is the first book printed in Europe using movable type. Comparable techniques existed in Korea and China, but Gutenberg's Bible represents a qualitative leap forward, an improvement that many attribute to a third, exterior and new look, which would have notably made it possible to redo the typography. The text pages have been printed by lithography in red, blue and black.

This facsimile is reproduced from the Bibliothéque Mazarine copy. The book may have been purchased by his librarian Naudé during one of his trips to Germany (c.1652). Mazarin's library was pillaged during the Fronde and his books were sold. Jourbert, parliamentarian and bibliophile, purchased this copy and later returned it to the Cardinal. Cardinal Mazarin bequeathed his library to the College of Four Nations which he himself had founded. It was this copy that was described by the antique enthusiast De Bure in his Bibliographie instructive (1763) as the first book every printed: "Pure chance has led us to the discovery of this most previous edition of the Bible which we announce to the public under this title; we shall not waste a single moment in giving it the first place, not only over all Bibles, but over all books."