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Histoire du Vieux et du Nouveau Testament, enrichie de plus quatre cens figures en taille-douce, &c. Antwerp [=Amsterdam], Pieter Mortier, 1700. 2 volumes bound as 1. Royal folio (44.5×28.5 cm). With 2 different engraved frontispieces, 214 numbered engraved plates with 428 illustrations of biblical scenes by various artists, 29 engraved tailpieces by Jan Luyken, and 5 double-page engraved maps, namely a world map, maps of the journey through the desert, the Holy Land and the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East by J. Luchtenburg, and a map of the Middle East and the Land of Israel by P.D. Huet. Contemporary gold-tooled goatskin morocco, richly gold-tooled spine.
Brunet III, cols. 200-201; Poortman, Bijbel en Prent II, pp. 98-105; cf. Klaversma & Hannema 180-193 (different issues of the Dutch ed.) First French edition, published at the same time as the Dutch, of Mortier great print Bible, a famous illustrated biblical history with 428 beautiful engraved biblical illustrations plus the 2 frontispieces and other unnumbered illustrations. The work is known as "De grote Bijbel van Pieter Mortier" (the great Bible of Pieter Mortier). It appeared in 1700 simultaneously in a French and a Dutch edition. With the account of biblical history written in French by the Utrecht-based French Protestant theologian David Martin and (for the Dutch edition) translated by Willem Sewel.There are 214 engraved plates, each with two illustrations of biblical scenes with engraved text in Dutch and French, drawn by various artists, including the well-known Dutch artists Jan Luyken, Jan Goeree, Otto Elliger and Bernard Picart. It is followed at the end by 5 double-page maps. The final copperplate 73 of the second volume was broken and has been visibly repaired.A couple plates and text leaves are slightly browned and with occasional spots throughout. Binding with some minor worm holes and cracks in the hinges, scuffed edges and one of the ribbon markers detached. Very good copy, with crisp impressions of the plates on wide-margined paper.
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