"Honour the physician". 1482 Koberger "Biblia Latina" leaf


Recto:  Two columns of Latin text printed in two sizes in black in a gothic font on laid rag paper.  Heading: Ecclesiasticus, Book 244.  Two imaginative multi-coloured initials added by hand beginning the chapters - the first a stylised fish ‘H’ and the second a snake-like ’S’.


Verso:  As Recto with one hand illuminated initial ‘O’ of a man wearing a crown.


Printer: Anton Koberger  (See notes)


Origin:  Nuremberg


Date:  December 31, 1482


Content:  The leaf is from the Wisdom of Sirach (also known as the Book of Ecclesiasticus) - not to be confused with Ecclesiastes. The beginning of Chapter 38 reads: Honora medicum propter necessitatem etenim illum creavit altissimus.  A Deo est enim omnis medela et a rege accipiet donationem. Disciplina medici exaltabit caput illius et in conspectu magnatorum collaudabitur.  (Honour the physician for the need thou hast of him: for the most High hath created him.  For all healing is from God, and he shall receive gifts of the king.  The skill of the physician shall lift up his head, and in the sight of great men he shall be praised).


Condition:  This leaf is in excellent condition, sharply printed on quality paper with original margins all round.  The coloured initials remain unfaded and apart from the expected edge browning and minor cockling,  the leaf is virtually faultless. It is unconditionally guaranteed genuine.


Size:  Size of leaf: approx. 275x200 mm. Printed area : approx.  235x150mm. Presented in a museum quality mat, ready for framing.  Please note that postage is invoiced separately.  Australia $22.50. Overseas, ask for quote.


Notes:  Anton Koberger (c. 1440-1513) was a goldsmith in Nuremberg. He was the godfather of Albrecht Dürer whose family lived on he same street.  Koberger turned to printing in 1470 and soon established the largest printing house in Europe, employing over 100 workers and 24 printing presses.  His most famous publication was the Nuremberg Chronicle, a landmark of incunabula.

References:  Gesamtkatalog der Wiegendricke 4250

Item No:  PSA 059

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