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MORTIER, Pierre / MARTIN, David
[Bible] L'Histoire du vieux et du Nouveau Testament, Enrichie de plus de quatre cens Figures en Taille Douce, &c. Avec Privilege de nos Seigneurs les etats de Holland et de West-Frise. Amsterdam/Antwerp: Pierre Mortier, 1700.
Amsterdam/Antwerp: Pierre Mortier, 1700. MORTIER'S BIBLE: CALVINISM MEETS CONTEMPORARY CITRON MAROCCOLarge folio [27.5 x 44 cm], 2 volumes, (8) ff., including half-title, engraved frontispiece signed Gouwen Schulp after O. Elliger, and title with large engraved vignette, 282 pp., (4) ff., 141 numbered plates after a number of hands (see below), with large engraved head-piece and initial in preface; II: (12) ff., 154 pp., 73 numbered plates, 28 engraved vignettes, 5 double-page engraved maps, (6) pp. tables accompanying maps, 20 pp. Bound in contemporary citron morocco, covers triple gilt ruled, spine in 7 compartments with raised bands, 2 black morocco lettering pieces gilt, remaining compartments in a pattern of contrasting zig-zag lines, 1 a double-gilt line, the other in a line more thickly tooled golden bars, interior covers gilt. Some minor nicks to binding covers and head and tail of spine. Discrete unidentified cipher on half-titles; soiling to a single leaf of preface; some tiny water stain on a handful of leaves, and some minor finger-soiling or toning to a few others. Generally a large and clean copy, with the many plates in excellent, dark impression, in a luxurious contemporary binding. First edition, first issue and a magnificent copy of this sumptuously illustrated print Bible, commonly known as Mortier's Large Bible, in which the obsessive tendency of Golden Age Dutch culture to illustrate overwhelms any Calvinist scruple over the sinfulness or inadequacy of pictures in relation to Holy Writ, and in which the preciousness of the contents are embellished yet f … [Click Below for Full Description]
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