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1480 Magnificent Incunable Bible - 3 Volumes - Glossed Bible
Biblia Latina cum Glossa Ordinaria. (Strassburg: Adolph Rusch for Anton Koberger, not after 1480) 4 volumes bound in 3. 1209 leaves, Complete (except for 2 blank) 472 x 332mm or 13.5" x 19.5". 2 volumes 5.5" thick & one volume 4.5" thick.The earliest Latin Bible printed with "glosses" is an anonymous and undated edition which came from the press of Adolph Rusch: Strassburg, '1480,' fo: Hain 3173, Copinger 44. It contains in the margins the 'glossa ordinaria' of Walafridus Strabo (a writer of the ninth century), and an interlinear gloss by Anselmus (apparently Anselm of Laon, who flourish c. 1100). A Rusch produced this Bible for A. Koburger of Nuremberg. This Bible contains 1208 printed leaves. The signatures are peculiar. They are not composed of any regular succession of letters, but repeat the same letter throughout a great number of sheets. Possibly they represent the seven or eight presses at which the work proceeded.This bible contains the First Printing of the Glossa Ordinaria: the authoritative Church-sanctioned commentary on the Bible. Incorporating 600 years of Biblical interpretation by the greatest Church Fathers. This is the Largest Incunable Ever printed. The publication of this Bible was the most ambitious printing project of its time, requiring the international cooperation of 3 of the greatest printers of the 15th century. The historical record tells us that Rush of France carried out its printing (using 7 presses); that Amerbach of Switzerland provided the fonts; and that Koberger of Germany saw to its distribution.The last copy I could find that sold was at Christies Auction House. Sale #5513 on April 2008. It sold for $111,400.
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