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IL NUOVO ED ETERNO TESTAMENTO di Giesu Christo. (Translated by Massimo Teofilo).
Lyon, J. de Tournes and G. Gazeau, 1556. 16-mo (127 x 83 mm) 2 parts in one vol, italic letter, title within woodcut border, 97 woodcuts by Bernard Salomon, in beautiful and strong impressions, five repeated. Contemporary Lyonnese light-brown calf, richly gilt and enamelled, central empty oval surrounded by a panel of arabesque and interlaced decoration, arabesque and interlaced corner pieces on an azured ground, the ground of the panel seme with triple gilt dots, on flat spine four broad bands formed by palmette and arabesque tools, outlined with double gilt fillets and partly painted black, in the compartments a solid oval arabesque cartouche on pontillé ground; edges gilt and gauffered to an elegant arabesque pattern. Very small traces of white cire on the strapwork on covers, one or two small splits along the strapwork on lower cover, very discrete restorations to foot of spine and to corners. This strictly contemporary binding is typical Lyonnese work is in very fresh condition. On the first fly-leafome ten ancient quotations from the New Testament by a contemporary hand, the first being "Noi istiamo contrastar à Dio". 20th-century brown cloth folding case. First illustrated edition of Massimo Teofilo's Protestant Italian translation, based on the Latin Froschauer Bible of 1543-1544, the Erasmian NT, and on Brucioli's earlier version of 1530/32, but much improved in style. It contains the complete set of Bernard Salomon's Bible.woodcuts which de Tournes had first published, with brief French and Italian texts, in 1552/53. The fount for the small Italic type has been attributed to Robert Granjon, see Johnson: Granjon, types 9-10 and figs. 8-9. A beautiful, wide-margined copy. The italian translation of Protestant NT are very rare, only five copy in Italian Public Libraries. This copy was sold for 7,000 FF at Sotheby Parke Bernet Monaco, Sporting d'Hiver. Place du Casino, Monte Carlo LIVRES PRECIEUX - Mardi 7 octobre 1980 Price  FF 7,000. And in 1990 it was in Breslauer catalog 110, n. 55.. STC 64 (French Books) und 102 (Italian Books). Darlow-M. 5590. Cartier, de Tournes, 325. Harvard, French Books 84: "The cumulative effect of Salomon's carefully detailed scenes is that of an individual contribution to Bible illustration"..
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