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HISTORIE DES OUDEN EN NIEUWEN TESTAMENTS, Verrykt Met Meer Dan Vierhonderd Printverbeeldingen in Koper Gesneden. Met Privilegie Van de Heeren Staaten Van Holland En Westfriesland
Amsterdam: Pieter Mortier, 1700. 3 volumes. First edition of what is typically called “The Great Bible of Pieter Mortier”. In the preferred 3 volume format. Maginificently illustrated with 428 engraved illustrations on 214 plates--141 full page copperplate plates for the Old Testament and 73 for the New Testament, each composed of two scenes, thus a total of 428 engravings, additionally with allegorical frontispieces at the beginning of each Testament and three allegorical vignette title-pages, and additionally, with 5 impressive engraved double-page maps, including one of the world and the others of the various regions of the Holy Land. The engravings are by or after Luycken (Luyken), Elgier, Picart, Goeree, and others. Folio, bound in original mottled paper-covered boards backed in calf and with small calf corner pieces, the spines with thin bands and three morocco labels gilt lettered and decorated. [xiv], 128; 129-282, [8]; [xxii], 163, [11]. A copy in full contemporary state, untrimmed and unsophisticated. The tex-tblocks are clean, sturdy and tight, bindings show some wear. Evidence of old, typical and quite unobtrusive damp to some pages throughout, confined generally the top or outside edges of the margins, the paper with some normative age-mellowing, untrimmed at the edges and in original state and well preserved. THE GREAT ILLUSTRATED BIBLE OF PIETER MORTIER, "Grande Bible de Mortier", IN THE RARE AND PREFERRED THREE VOLUME FORMAT AND THE ORIGINAL BINDING, THUS A VERY TALL COPY, UNTRIMMED AND WITH LARGE MARGINS. Not a full Bible in the usual sense, Mortier presents the books of the Bible through his illustrations, each accompanied by a short telling of the story in standard prose. The fine, large engravings were produced by or from the works of several masters. Many were later reproduced and used again in later and lesser bibles, in most case significantly reduced. The artists include Jan Luyken, Jan Goeree, Bernard Picard and others. While the text is in Dutch, the captions for the engravings are given in both Dutch and French. Complete copies are scarce, complete copies untrimmed and in full contemporary state are rare.
      [Bookseller: Buddenbrooks, Inc.]
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