Glossed incunable leaf, 1498, First Epistle of Paul toTimothy.

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The First Epistle of Paul to Timothy.


Coloured initials added by hand.

Nicolas De Lyra (c.1270-1340) was a French doctor of theology and teacher at the Sorbonne in Paris.   His commentary on the Bible, Postilla litteralis, was the definitive biblical commentary from the late Middle Ages until the Reformation.  Martin Luther is claimed to have stated “Without Lyra we would understand neither the old or new testament.”

Recto:   Text in Latin printed in four sizes of a rounded gothic type on laid paper.   Three coloured initials added by hand after the printing.  Chapter and gloss headings marked in red.  Capital letters touched in yellow.  Two manicules (pointing hands) and a catchword in the margins. The text from 1Timothy chapter 2 is the central block of text and is surrounded by the gloss (commentary) of Nicolas de Lyra and others.

Verso: As Recto with one manicule.

Printer: Johann Froben and Johann Petry. Basel.

Date:  December 1, 1498.

Content: The text is from the First Epistle of Paul the Apostle to Timothy.  The red ‘O’ begins Chapter 2:  Obsecro igitur primo omnium fieri obsecrationes orationes postulationes gratiarum actiones pro omnibus hominibus: pro regibus et omnibus qui in sublimitate sunt ut quietam et tranquillam vitam agamus in omni pietate et castitate  hoc enim bonum est et acceptum coram salutari nostro Deo.

(I exhort therefore, that first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men:

For Kings, and for all that are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour,)

Condition:  The leaf is in fine condition, unblemished and expertly printed with bright hand initials..

Size:  Leaf: 290x210 mm.

References: Goff B-609, Gesamtkatalog der Wiegendrucke, 4284.  ISTC No.ib00609000

Item No: PSA139

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