Incunable Latin Bible leaf. Koberger, 1482

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Decorative coloured initials - one a dragon’s head - added by hand

 

Recto:  Two columns of Latin text printed in two sizes in black in a gothic font on laid rag paper.  Heading: Liber Tobie 177.  Two multi-coloured initials ’T’ and ‘C (in the form of a dragon’s head) beginning the Chapters.

 

Verso:  As Recto with two further hand illuminated initials.

 

Printer:  Anton Koberger  (See notes)

 

Origin:  Nuremberg

 

Date:  December 31, 1482

 

Content:  The leaf is from the Book of Tobias.  Chapter 9 begins:  Tunc vocavit Tobias angelum ad se quem quidem hominem existimabat dixitque ei;  Azaria frater peto ut auscultes verba mea.  (Then Tobias called the angel to him, whom he took to be a man, and said to him:  Brother Azarias, I pray thee hearken to my words.)

 

Condition:  This leaf is in very good/excellent condition, sharply printed on quality paper with original margins all round.  A small section of the left margin has an old repair, not visible within the window of the mat. The coloured initials remain unfaded and there is slight edge browning and minor cockling.  The leaf is unconditionally guaranteed genuine.

 

Size:  Size of leaf: approx. 275x200 mm. Printed area : approx.  235x150mm.  Please note that postage is invoiced seperately.  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 061

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