Bible leaf, glossed, with hand applied coloured initials. 1498.

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The Gospel according to St. Matthew

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 watermarked laid paper.   Three coloured initials added by hand after the printing.  Chapter and gloss headings marked in red.  Capital letters touched in yellow.  One manicule (pointing hand) and catchwords in the bottom margin. The text from Matthew Chapter 25 is the central block of text and is surrounded by the gloss (commentary) of Nicolas de Lyra and others.

Verso: As Recto with two manicules.

Printer: Johann Froben and Johann Petry, Basel.

Date:  December 1, 1498.

Content: The text is from Chapter 25 of Matthew. The blue ‘T’ begins Chapter 25: Tunc simile erit regnum caelorum decem virginibus quae accipientes lampadas suas exierunt obviam sponso et sponsae.  Quinque autem ex eis erant fatuae et quinque prudentes.

(Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, who taking their lamps went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were foolish and five wise.)

Condition:  The leaf is in fine condition, unblemished and expertly printed with bright hand initials.  A clear watermark in the central block of text.

Size:  Leaf: 290x210 mm.

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

Item No: PSA162

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