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more nearly resemble those of the folio of 1535 than the type in any
80 BIBLE, MATTHEW, FIRST EDITION. Title printed in red and black within an allegorical woodcut border: The Byble, which is all the holy Scrip- ture: In whych are contayned the Olde and Newe Testament truly and purely translated into En- | glysh by Thomas | Matthew.
│ . . │. . │. . | M,D,XXXVII, Beneath the lower
edge of the woodcut: Set forth with the Kinges most
Folio, black letter, double columns, with woodcuts, with an engraved portrait of John Rogers by A. Bloemaert inserted;
having the first title and the colophon inlaid, nevertheless a
EXCESSIVELY RARE. The book was printed abroad-most people think at Antwerp-under the revision of John Rogers, who was then residing either at Antwerp or at Wittenberg. (The name Thomas Matthew is merely pseudonymous.) The three chief woodcutsnamely, Adam and Eve, the allegorical title, and the one that precedes Isaiah, are from the same blocks as were used by Ludowich Dietz in printing the Low German Bible at Lübeck in 1533-34; and the large flourished letters above referred to appear to be from the same fount of type as the similar initials found in that Low German Bible. The blocks may have been borrowed from Dietz. The text is printed so correctly that it is difficult to consider this book as having been set up by foreign compositors whether at Antwerp or at Paris.
On the back of the New Testament title, there is a Register taken from the book of Cockwold Church, of the births and christenings of the children of Sir Thomas and Dame Barbara Bellayse from 1602 to 1618; and on a blank page before the New Testament a list of the children of Henry and Grace Bellasyse from 1626 to 1646.
81 THE GREAT BIBLE, CROMWELL'S EDITION.
The Byble in Englyshe, that is to saye the con- | tent
The names of all the bookes of the Byble | Foll. 2
1537 200 00
£ s. d.
second Maccabees ends. Fol. 426, title in black and red
Folio, Black letter, printed in double columms, with woodcuts; the sixth leaf in facsimile, the book being otherwise in fine and perfect condition; splendidly bound in red morocco by Riviere
1539 130 00
A superbly fine and unmixed copy of the first edition of the Great Bible. An ugly one, mended and made up by a considerable number of facsimiles, was sold at the Ashburnham sale for a relatively high price, £73.
£ s. d.
82 CROMWELL'S BIBLE. Title, within the same woodcut border as was used in the 1535 Bible: The Byble | in Englyshe, that is to saye the content of all the holye | scrypture, bothe of the olde and newe Testament, truly translated after the veryte of the Hebrue and Greke textes, by the diligent stu- dye of dyueres excellent | lerned men, experte in the foresayde tongues. | Prynted at London by Thomas Petyt, and Roberte Redman, for | Thomas Berthelet Prynter vnto the Kynges grace. Cum Priuilegio ad impri- mendum solum. | 1540. On the reverse an Almanac for 1540-1568). Foll. 2, 3, and 4a are occupied by the Kalendar, the Names of the books, and a prologue; 4b being blank. Fol. 5a: The fyrste Booke of Moses.. Genesis to Job follow with numeration, ending on fol. 218 (numbered 214): Foll. 219-444 (numbered i-ccxxvij) contain the Psalter to Maccabees. Fol. 445 is the title of the New Testament, within the same woodcut border as the first title. Foll. 446-554 (numbered ij-lxiiij and Ivij-Cij) contain the New Testament. Foll. 555-556 contain A Table to finde the Epistles etc., and the colophon : Imprinted at London by Robert Redman, and Thomas | Petyt, for Thomas Berthelet: Prynter vnto the Kynges Grace. | CVM PRIVILEGIO AD IMPRI MENDVM SOLVM
Small folio, having two leaves inlaid and some margins a little mended, nevertheless a very fine copy, perfect, sound, and genuine, in an elaborate calf binding decorated in Grolieresque style (probably by Clarke)
This is the second edition of Cromwell's Bible, and was reprinted from the first edition of 1539 described above, about the same time when Cranmer was issuing his own modification as the second edition of the Great Bible. It is excessively rare in a perfect condition. There was no copy in the Caxton Exhibition.
1540 74 0 0
83 TESTAMENT, TYNDALE. Title: THE NEWE | TESTA- | MENT | in Englyshe [by Tyndale] and in | Latin of Erasmus | Transla- | tion. | NOVVM TESTAMEN- TVM anglice et | latine. | Anno dni. 1549. This intitulation printed within a woodcut border. On the reverse: The bokes contay- ned in the newe Te- | stamente. | . . Fol. 292 (marked CC.lxxxxi): . . The ende of the newe | Testamente. Here folowe the Epistles taken out of the olde Testamente, whiche are | red in the churche after the vse of Salysbury vpon certayne dayes of the yeare. Fol. 300b: . . Here endethe the Epystles of the olde testamente. Foll. 301-304 contain the Table of the Pystles and Gospels, at the end of which on 304b is the colophon: Thus endeth the newe Testa- | ment both in Englyshe z in Laten, of mayster Eras- | mus translacyō, with the Pystles take out of Olde testamēt. Set forth with the Kynges moste gracyous lycence, and Imprynted by Wyllyam Powell | dwellynge in Fletestrete at the sygne of the George nexte to saynt Dun- stons Churche. The yere of our Lorde. M.CCCCC. | xlix
GOD SAVE THE KYNGE.
Small 4to. the English and the Latin printed collaterally on each page, the former in Black letter, the latter in Roman; the title in facsimile and the margins of fol. 2 mended; old English black morocco gilt (bound about 1665-70)
1549 24 0 0
Dunn Gardner's (which had been Lea Wilson's) copy, having a facsimile title like this one, sold for £35.
£ s. d.
84 BIBLE, COVERDALE, SECOND FOREIGN EDITION.
of oure | Sauoure Iesu Christ M.D.L. the | xvj. daye in the
Small 4to. the title inlaid and several leaves repaired with
(Zürich and London), 1550 75 00 A perfect copy of this edition is one of the rarest things known to bibliographers. This copy was imperfect when the Duke of Sussex had it, but was made complete by Lord Ashburnham.-In the Zürich issue the preliminary matter consisted of a title (attributing the translation to Thomas Matthew) and of eighteen other leaves; but of those original preliminaries only a single copy exists, which is preserved in the Public Library at Zürich, and bears (on its title) the imprint of Christoph. Froschouer. Hester purchased the stock, and substituted his own eight preliminary leaves, including the title with the true name of the translator.
85 TESTAMENT, TYNDALE. Title: The newe Testament | of our Sauiour Iesu Christe. Faythfully tran- | slated out of the Greke, |. . │. . Here a woodcut portrait of Edward VI, and under it a motto from Mathew xiii in Latin and in English. On the reverse: The copy of the byll.. Fol. 2a: Jugge's Epistle To the most puysaunt and mightye Prince Foll. 3-8 contain the Calendar, 9-14 the Almanack and Table, 15 A perfecte supputation, and 16 An exhortation. with the life of St. Matthew on the reverse. The text, followed by the Epistles and the Table, occupies 322 leaves; on the reverse of the last being the printer's mark and the colophon: Imprynted at London by Rycharde Iugge, dwel- lynge in Paules churche yarde at the signe of the byble. | With the kynge his mooste gratious lycence, and | priuilege, forbyddynge all other men to print | or cause to be printed, this, or any other | Testament in Englyshe.
£ 8. d.
Small 4to. Black Letter, with numerous woodcuts, including the curious representation of the Devil as a man with a tail and a wooden leg; the title, the eighth leaf from the end, and the last leaf in facsimile, the corner of a leaf mended and made up; blue morocco, gilt edges R. Jugge, 1552 20 0 0
This edition, printed in London by Jugge, contains some of the same large flourished letters as have been remarked in Matthew's Bible of 1537, and in the Lubeck Low German Bible of 1533-4.
86 CRANMER'S BIBLE. Title: The Bible in Englishe according to the tran- | slation of the great | Byble | 1553. Fol. 4776: . . Imprinted at London by Richarde Grafton, printer to the Kinges highnes. An. M.D.LIII. Cum privilegio ad imprimendum solum.
Small 4to. printed in an extremely minute Black Letter;
A perfect copy of this Bible is a rarity of the first order. It must
1553 110 00