Bible, New Testament in Ancient Greek].
Ô [He Kaine Diatheke].
- Paris: Imprimerie Royale, 1642. Fol., (4), 453, (3) pp. [A-Iii4]. Text in Ancient Greek (Koine). Strong contemporary mottled calf binding with minor restoration, top cover stamped in gilt with the insignia of the Earl of Coningsby, gilt lettering and decoration to backstrip. Engraved decorations throughout, including an engraved title-page by Claude Mellan. Page 291 (PaulÕs 2nd Corinthians, Chpt. 6) with stains, though text still legible. Very good. GaramondÕs Greek types from mid-sixteenth century, used at the Estienne dynasty of printers, accepted still as the most beautiful Greek types ever devised, became a precious part of the equipment of the Imprimerie Royale when Richelieu established it in 1640; and among the splendid early folios from the Imprimerie Royale was this Greek Testament of 1642, known as the Mazarin edition. This copy came from the library of Leonard and Lisa Baskin with their several book labels.ÔA handsome copy of the so-called ÒMazarin editionÓ of the Greek New Testament. The Imprimerie Royale had been established in 1640, at the behest of Cardinal Richelieu; it produced a number of distinguished editions in its first years. Cardinal Mzarin assumed control of the press (and much else besides) on RichelieuÕs death in 1642; the present edition was printed under his auspices. Textually, it is closely based on the Elzevir edition of ; it adds a 30 page appendix of ÒVariae lectiones.Ó It is an attractive edition, well-printed in a clear Greek face, and with generously proportioned margins; the engraved decorative material works very well with the letterpress text, and the title-page, drawn & engraved by the great Claude Mellan, is particularly pleasing (a version of the design was adapted for use by the Oxfod University printers). Updike called the edition Òfine,Ó Darlow and Moule Òmagnificent,Ó and Dibdin Òsplendid.Ó ÔThis copy belonged to Thomas, first Earl of Coningsby, the noted whig & anti-Jacobite politician. He served with William the Third in Ireland, and held various high offices there; he was at the battle of the Boyne, and is said to have been largely responsible for the treaty of Limerick. He was made a privy councillor [sic] in 1693, and in the same year was named vice-treasurer. He fell out of favour in Queen AnneÕs reign, but regained his position under George I, having been a zealous supporter of the Hanoverian successionÕ (Cumberland Rare Books). Updike, Printing Types, 1927, p. 240; Darlow & Moule 4687; Dibdin, Greek and Latin Classics. 4th ed. Vol. 1, p. 137. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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