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Biblia. Dat is, de gantsche H. Schrift, grondelick ende trouwelick verduytschet.Delft, Bruyn Harmansz. Schinckel (colophon: printed by Aelbrecht Heyndricksz.), 1590. 4 parts in 1 volume. 4to (23.5 x 17.5 cm). With a general title-page and three part-titles, each with the same woodcut device in a separate elaborately decorated cartouche, 3 engraved folding maps drawn by Petrus Plancius and executed by Baptista van Doetecum and ca. 20 woodcut illustrations in the text. Contemporary gold panel-stamped and gold-tooled calf over wooden boards, with spectacular finely engraved silver furnishings: 8 corner pieces, 2 clasps, 2 catch plates and 2 anchor plates, the catch and anchor plates with four female virtues; the corner pieces engraved with winged heads that appear to represent the four compass winds; and each clasp with an oval martyrdom scene flanked by birds, all 14 pieces of silverwork with floral and other decoration and with their edges cut to decorative shapes. Each board has the same central rectangular p
Bibliasacra 1590.B.dut.BHS.c & AHa, b & c; Le Long, p. 748; Poortman, Bijbel en prent I, pp. 112-119, 184-187 & 215; STCN 336510985 & 054873002, 334453534; Typ. Batava 602; cf. Darlow & Moule 3293; for the panel-stamp: H. de la Fontaine Verwey, "Amsterdamse uitgeversbanden van Cornelis Claes en Laurens Jacobsz", in: Uit de wereld van het boek II, pp. 33-48, at pp. 41-43. An unrecorded issue (1 of at least 7) of a rare and important 1590 Bible edition, the corrected "deux aes" Bible, based on the first edition of 1562 (New Testament 1559), which remained the standard Dutch Reformed Bible until the official Dutch States translation, published in 1637. It was translated from Luther's German by Godfried van Wingen (the New Testament by Johannes Dyrkinus), after comparison with several other versions, and includes many notes, some also taken from Luther and some by Augustin Marlorat, as well as Petrus Danthenus's metric psalms with music notes. The Amsterdam bookseller Laurens Jacobsz. initiated the publication of the present corrected text of the "deus aes" Bible and the maps to accompany it, publishing the folio edition with maps himself, but sharing the quarto edition with four other publishers. Although Jacobsz.'s name does not appear in the present issue, he was originally trained as a binder, operated his shop at the sign of the gold-tooled Bible and Fontaine Verwey gives evidence to link him with the panel stamp on the present binding. He may therefore have bound copies (or had them bound) for the other publishers. Bibliasacra, Typ. Batava and the STCN together record only 8 copies of all issues combined, at least half of those lack leaves and some of the copies with all leaves have defective leaves or lack the maps, so that they record at most 2 other complete copies with maps.With a few leaves slightly browned, a water stain in the second half and the first preliminary quire of part 1 (faint outside a few quires), small tears in the maps and a few worm holes or other defects in the paper, mostly in the margins of the last few leaves, but still in good condition. The binding has been skilfully re-backed, probably in the early 19th-century, and is slightly rubbed, with a crack along the edge of the panel-stamp on the front board and a few minor cuts and scrapes, but also still in good condition and only slightly trimmed. A very rare complete copy of an important Dutch Reformed Bible, in an unrecorded issue and in a stunning contemporary gold panel-stamped and gold-tooled binding with engraved silver furnishings.
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