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Biblia Sacra quid in hac editione a theologis Lovaniensibus praestitum sit, eorum praefatio indicat
Antwerp: Plantin, 1583. Called by Voet one of the most beautiful books to come from the Plantin Press, this monumental Bible employed copper-plate illustrations extensively at a time when wood-cut illustrations were still frequently used as a result of their easier handling. The large folio format, combined with the large margins and high quality paper, shows that the Plantin Press spared no expense in the production of this work, which was financed in part by the King of Spain. Some of the engravings were reused from earlier works, including the large double-page map of the world. 36 of the illustration were especially cut for this edition. Artists involved in the work include Jan Wiericx, Jan de Sadeler, and A. de Bruyn after Crispin van den Broeck and Peter van der Borcht. The translation into Latin was the work of Louvain School, which in the 16th century was one of the most prestigious Catholic institutions of higher learning. The 16th century saw a rise in interest for accurate and scholarly translations, and this work certainly strove to appeal to serious scholars, both in terms of its revised translation as well as its copious notes at the end (117 pages of them!). The text is not divided into verses (expect in the poetical books), but the verse numbers are given in the central margin. Marginal references also include notes of variant readings and cross-references. This particular copy has been rubricated throughout; a previous owner seeming to treat it like a medieval manuscript. He also added short introductions in Latin and red letters in the margins, presumably … [Click Below for Full Description]
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