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1549 Latin Heretical Bible Disguised as Catholic Bible
1549 - Octavo (3 inches x 4.5 inches x 1.5 inch), marbled paper; Title page (trimmed; vignette device with crab holding a butterfly (a Roman symbol) with "Matura" -- which is the device and motto of the Frellon brothers],3-464 ( Matthew through Acts), 1-325 (Epistles through Apocalypse),[10 leaves = index. Approximately 109 woodcuts 4.5cm x 5.5cm. each, Hans Sebald Beham. Condition: Text Block & Binding Tight, with one free endpaper missing; some edges bumped; some writing on inside paste-down and a small, illegible stamp on front endpaper; a few worm holes on front hinge. Title page cropped at the bottom, possibly for religious reasons (censorship); top and margins shaved, sometimes down to page numbers or marginal notes but never affecting main text or images; pages foreedge red, some foxing on some images; some light water stains not affecting text This is, to all appearances a standard Catholic Bible, however it was published by Jean and Fran├žois Frellon. Sons of a Paris bookseller, the older brother, Jean, went to Basel, and, when he returned, he settled in Lyon, a city more religiously liberal than Paris, and set up a publishing business with his brother. "Out of prudence, no doubt, he claimed to be a Catholic, but his real convictions can scarcely be questioned." He was in contact with Calvin, and "while the books he published certainly appear to be similar to those intended to be used in Catholic worship, very often they were in fact a vehicle for a vehicle for Protestant doctrines." In their 1553 New Testament, the Devil of the Temptation of Jesus is represented by a monk with cloven hoofs. In our copy the Devil is shown as a monk who seems to have a tail, cloven hooves and hands, and seems to be offering Jesus an apple (see below, the last image). The Frellon's were also the first to publish the complete Bible series and the Dance of Death of Hans Holbein. (see link above for bibiliographic details for this information) New Testament Vulgate Bible from Lyon, France printed in the year 1549. In Latin. With roughly 109 woodcut illustrations, some by or after Hans Sebald Beham (1500-1550) The World Catalogue shows one copy of the 1550 edition. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Cross & Crown Rare Books]
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