The Epistle of Paul to the Hebrews. 1487.

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Glossed incunable leaf, 1487, with coloured initials added by hand.

Anton Koberger, best known for his monumental work, the Nuremberg Chronicle, printed this bible in December of 1487. Koberger established the first printing press in Nuremberg in 1470 and went on to publish some of the most important printed works of the 15th century. For this edition Koberger used Nicolaus de Lyra's vast commentary, Postilla litteralis, the definitive biblical commentary from the late Middle Ages until the Reformation.

Nicolas De Lyra (c.1270-1340) was a French doctor of theology and teacher at the Sorbonne in Paris.   Martin Luther is claimed to have stated “Without Lyra we would understand neither the old or new testament.”

Recto:   Text in Latin printed in two columns in a rounded gothic type on watermarked rag paper.   Heading ‘Ad hebreos’. Six Lombard style initials added by hand after the printing. Capitals touched in red.

Verso: As Recto with the Bible text continuing in the larger type. Heading ‘Epistola paulii’.

Printer:  Anton Koberger, Nuremberg.

Date:  December, 1487.

Content: The text from Paul’s Epistle to the Hebrews, Chapter 11:1 is in the larger type at the top of the right column of Recto and is surrounded by de Lyra’s commentary (gloss) in the smaller type. It reads: Est autem fides sperandorum substantia rerum [argumentum non parentum]

(Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, [the evidence of things not seen.]

Condition:  Apart from the expected edge browning and a small stain in the top margin, well away from the text, the leaf is in fine condition, expertly printed with bright hand initials.  Please note that shipping costs are invoiced separately.

Size:  Leaf: 310x220 mm.

References:  Goff B-614, Gesamtkatalog der Wiegendrucke, 4289, Undorf , 716.

Item No: PSA138

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