Incunable “Biblia Latina” leaf,1487-88. Hand decorations


Second Epistle of Paul to the Thessalonians

                  Delicately illuminated initials added by hand after printing


Verso:  Two columns of Latin text printed in two sizes in black in a gothic font on laid rag paper.  Three coloured initials, one 3-line, one 5-line and one 9-line alternating in blue and red, the latter two with delicate internal and external penwork. 


Recto:  As Verso, with two further coloured initials.


Printer:  Georgius Arrivabenus


Origin:  Venice


Date:   February 27, 1487-88


Content:  The leaf includes the end part of the First Epistle of Paul to the Thessalonians before the large blue initial on Verso begins the Second Epistle: Paulus et silvanus et timotheus ecclesiae thessalonicensium in deo patre nostro  et domino iesu christo.  Gratia vobis et pax. (Paul and Silvanus and Timotheus unto the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace be unto you, and peace.


Condition:  This leaf is in very good/excellent condition, sharply printed and with original margins all round.   The coloured initials remain bright and unfaded and a light stain in the top corner is inconsequential. The leaf is unconditionally guaranteed genuine.


Size:  Size of leaf: approx. 215x160 mm. Printed area : approx.  185x140mm.  Presented in a museum quality mat, ready for framing.  Please note that packing and postage is invoiced separately.  Within Australia: $22.50.  Overseas: ask for quote.


References:  Goff B-586, Gesamtkatalog der Wiegendrucke 4263, Bod-inc B-295

Item No:  PSA 087

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