Incunable “Biblia Latina” leaf, 1488. Book of Jeremiah.

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Coloured initials added by hand after printing.

Giorgio Arrivabene was born in Canneto, a small village near Mantua, some time in the middle decades of the fifteenth century. Little is known about him until his arrival in Venice, when his name first appeared alongside those of Bernardo Benali and Paganino Paganini on the title page of a Roman missal printed in December 1483.

Arrivabene began to publish on his own account in October 1487, presumably from his own premises. From then on, he printed approximately sixty independent editions, most of which were concerned with jurisprudence and theology. He published a particularly beautiful and elegant edition of the works of Virgil in 1489.

Recto Two columns of Latin text printed in black in a gothic font on watermarked laid paper. One three-line initial ‘V’ in red beginning Chapter 150.  Heading  ‘Hieremias.”

Verso:  As Recto, with one coloured initial beginning Chapter 51.

Printer:  Georgius Arrivabenus.

Origin:  Venice.

Date:   February 27, 1488.

Content:  The text on Recto is the end of Chapter 49 before the red initial ‘V’ begins Chapter 50:

Verbum quod locutus est Dominus de Babylone et de terra Chaldeorum in manu Hieremiae prophetae.  Adnuntiate in gentibus et auditum facite levate signum praedicate et nolite celare dicite capta est Babylon confusus est Bel victus est Marodach confusa sunt sculptilia eius superata sunt idola eorum.

(The word that the Lord hath spoken against Babylon, and against the land of the Chaldeans in the hand of Jeremiah the prophet.  Declare ye among the nations, and publish it, lift up a standard: proclaim, and conceal it not: say: Babylon is taken, Bel is confounded, Merodach is overthrown, their graven things are confounded, their idols are overthrown.)

Condition: This leaf is in very good/excellent condition, sharply printed and with original margins all round.   The coloured initials remain bright and unfaded. There are a few worm holes in the margins but none in the text.  The leaf is unconditionally guaranteed genuine.

Size:  Leaf: approx. 235x170 mm. Printed area : approx.  185x120mm.

References:  Goff B-586, Gesamtkatalog der Wiegendrucke 4263, Bod-inc B-295, Undorf 742

Item No:  PSA 152

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