Title: Bibliorum opus Sacrosanctum Vulgatis quidem characteribus, sed incredibili studio diligentiaque ad primaevum receptae per ecclesiam Romanam aeditionis candorem revocatum, 1541
Author: Robert Estienne
Publisher: Lyon, excusa Nicolas Petit [et] Jean Mareschal
An extremely scarce mid 16th century edition of Estienne’s Bibliorum opus Sacrosanctum Vulgatis published by Nicolas Petit and Jean Mareschal. The Bible has been printed in a black Gothic font, with pages for the Eusebian Canons printed in red and white.
This work has been beautifully illustrated, with a full- page woodcut depicting The Creation, as well as a half page woodcut of King Solomon, and a near full-page woodcut of The Nativity, the latter being a copy after Hans Springinklee. There are numerous in-text woodcuts, and woodcut initials throughout. There is some handwritten marginalia throughout, and annotations to the verso of the last leaf.
USTC records 9 existing copies of this edition in libraries.
One vellum bound volume in folio, (8)+276+(22) leaves
This volume is in good shape, with old wear and staining to the binding. The title page has been poorly trimmed at the top and repaired. The last leaf has also been repaired. Many of the page edges are worn. There is some staining and very light, scattered foxing.