BIBLE; Latin; Vulgate.

Biblia cum tabula noviter edita.

(With the table of Gabriel Brunus.)

Venice: Simon Bevilaqua, 22 Nov. 1494 Stock Code: 143022
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The hundredth edition of the Bible

The hundredth edition of the Bible by Copinger's count, printed 40 years after Gutenberg's first Bible, and one of the first of all Latin bibles to be printed in a smaller format, an attractive copy in contemporary panelled calf, with early vellum tabs to the page edges as chapter markers.

The printer Simone Gabi, called Bevilaqua, of Pavia, began printing in Vicenza in 1487. He later moved to Venice and printed there until 1506. He then spent some time as an itinerant printer before establishing a shop in Lyons in 1515. His edition of the Bible closely follows the model introduced in 1492 by another Venetian printer, Girolamo Paganino, which contains for the first time the Tabula alphabetica historiarum Bibliae written in 1489 by the Franciscan Gabriel Bruno. Bevilaqua published a second edition in May 1498.

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Description

Large octavo (207 x 152 mm). Contemporary panelled calf over boards, skilfully rebacked, relined, clasps and catches renewed, all to style, with early vellum tabs as chapter markers to page edges.

Illustrations

456 leaves, collated complete, as per GW 4274, including [2]aii blank. Printed mostly in double column, table printed in triple column, 55-lines to a page, small Gothic type, Bevilaqua's woodcut device on cc4 verso. Printed marginal notes, table by Gabrie

Condition

Provenance: old inscription on aii scribbled out and partly excised; library label, c.1850s, on front pastedown of E. Calvert, of Walton le Dale, Lancashire (trimmed); some old marginal annotation. A little occasional worm, the paper generally clean, strong, and well-margined, a very good copy.

Bibliography

BMC V 519; cf. Brunet I, 327; Copinger Incunabula biblica 100; Darlow & Moule 6089; Goff B597; GW 4274; Hain 3117*; IGI 1677; Quentin 81; Sheppard 4468.

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