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Tes Kaines Diathekes hapanta : Euangelion kata Matthaion. Kata Markon. Kata Loukan. Kata Ioannen. Praxeis ton Apostolon = Nouum IESU Christi D.N. Testamentum. Ex Bibliotheca Regia
Lutetiae : Ex officina Roberti Stephani typographi Regii, Regiis typis, 1550. Third Greek New Testament published by Robert Etienne, 1550, all before "Nouum" in the title is in Greek type, Part 2 has title (in Greek type): Paulou tou Apostolou epistolai. Folio, approximately 330 x 220 mm, 13 x 8¾ inches, printer's basilisk device on each title page, large historiated initials, historiated architectural headpieces and columns to canons of Eusebius, other decorated headpieces, ruled in red throughout, pages: [32], 1-268 [268 misnumbered 272], 1-202, PART II LACKING PAGES 193/194 AND FINAL UNNUMBERED LEAF WITH ERRATA, COLOPHON AND PRINTER'S DEVICE, collation: *8, **8, a-q8, r6; A-M8, N6 (-N1 and N6), contents: title-leaf; preface by R. Stephanus, in Greek and Latin (1 leaf); "Hypomnema peri tou Euangeliou" by St John Chrysostom (Greek: 7 pages); canons of Eusebius (7 pages); "Pinax martyrion" (passages from the Old Testament: 5 leaves); Greek verses by H. Stephanus (1 leaf); Sophronius' life of Matthew, and "Prooimion" to Matthew by Theophylact (1 leaf); Greek text of Gospels and Acts (p. [1]-272); title-leaf to Part II and Greek text of epistles and Revelation (p. [1]-202). Rebound in old reverse calf, gilt ruled border to covers, gilt lettered leather label to upper cover, another to spine, raised bands, speckled edges. Binding worn, hinges mostly cracked, covers holding firmly, 30 mm (1¼") leather repair to head of spine, tail of spine slightly worn, edges and corners slightly worn, 1 corner repaired, a few stains to covers, spine darkened, label rubbed with loss of gilt, upper cover label rubbed, lettering still legible, 20th century armorial bookplate on front pastedown, rear pastedown missing, neat inscription at top of front endpaper, original endpaper carries on reverse the supposed signature of the great Cardinal Charles de Lorraine (1524-1574) with Latin notes in a 16th century hand below it, signature of La Curne in lower margin of title page (Jean-Baptiste de La Curne de Sainte-Palaye? (1697 – 1781) French historian, classicist, philologist and lexicographer), with a few words partially erased next to it, single tiny wormhole from original endpaper to a5, faint browning to a1, interlinear translation into Latin in a faint brown tiny hand on pages 1-21, intermittent faint browning to margins, 3 fore-edges expertly remargined, no loss of print, 10 mm (½") chip to lower edge of a4, faint damp staining to top margin of c3-c7, d7-e1, f2-f3, and M4 and N3, small rust mark to page 49 with loss of a couple of Greek characters, very occasional small mark or pale stain to margins, small light ink stain on page 14, no loss of legibility, otherwise a clean tight copy lacking 1 leaf of text and the colophon leaf. "The third and most important of R. Stephanus' editions, known as the Editio Regia. From this the 'Textus Receptus', found in ordinary Greek Testaments, is substantially derived ... In this third recension the text is more closely conformed to that of Erasmus ... The most interesting feature of this Testament is the critical apparatus, printed in the inner margin of the text, which gives various readings and additions from MSS. collated by H.Stephanus, and also from the Complutensian ... [The text is] printed in the large 'Royal' type." Darlow and Moule, Volume II Part II, 4622; Mortimer, Harvard, French 16th Century Books, Volume I, No. 78. The label on the upper cover reads: "Exemplaire ayant appartenu au Cardinal de Lorraine" (Copy which belonged to the Cardinal of Lorraine) however proof is lacking that the signature on the original front endpaper is that of the famous Cardinal, protector of Rabelais and Ronsard, founder of the cathedral of Rheims. The 16th century Latin note below the signature affirms that it is genuine, but claims unequivocally that the Latin translation on the first 21 pages is not in the hand of the very learned Cardinal, and complains that it spoils the elegance of the book. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING. POSTAGE AT COST.
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