Year/Century: 15th century
Subject: Religion, Bibles
Description: text. Greek and Latin Bible (con postillis Nicolai de Lyra and expositionibus Guillelmi Britonis in omnes prologos S. Hieronymi et additionibus Pauli Burgensis replicisque Matthiae Doering). August 8, 1489, Venice: [Bonetus Locatellus for] Octavianus Scotus 10 by 14.5" (355 x 240 mm) folio 298 leaves (of 299 total, excluding the first blank leaf), two columns, 77–78 lines of commentary, a small colored armorial at the foot of the first page, a historiated colored woodcut initial at the beginning of the text, woodcut illustrations (including the entire page), a modern half-leather binding over bevelled wooden boards, the original front paper endleaf containing early manuscript notes about the book, some minor wormholes, and some slight damp-staining to some of the leaves' lower corners. A collection of woodcut drawings from Genesis to IV Kings, credited to the Master of the Pico Pliny, who had previously drawn bibles by hand, makes this one of the first printed bibles. According to Lilian Armstrong, "The hand-illumination of Venetian bibles during the incunable period" (pp. 109–113 in Incuabula and their readers, London, 2003).
Printers used to provide room for hand illumination, which was typically not provided, before this. AVALIANCE: Arms at first leaf's base, two birds facing one another over a red background with blue and gold quarters; bought from Libreria Gozzini, Florence; sold at Sotheby's auction, Milan.
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