Title: Textus Biblie, Hoc in opere hec insunt, 1529
Author: Johannes de Gradibus
Publisher: Lugduni [Lyons], Johannem Crespin
An early second edition of the Crespin-published Textus Biblie, reprinted from the 1517 edition, and magnificently illustrated.
The Bible itself has been printed in double columns with rule borders noted, and the Eusebian canons printed in red and black. The woodcut title page is present, featuring St Jerome within a four-part woodcut border displaying God, two angels in a tympanum, the six days of Creation, and the Last Supper. There is a woodcut of the Creation in six parts, as well as a half-page woodcut of King Solomon at the beginning of Proverbs, and a full-page woodcut of the Nativity at the start of the New Testament. There are 121 smaller text woodcuts throughout, with 91 in the Old Testament, and 30 throughout the New Testament. There are numerous decorative woodcut initials throughout.
Worldcat records only 31 copies of this edition in libraries.
One volume in folio, (17)+CCLXVIII+(18) leaves
On note of condition, this volume is in good shape, with some wear and rubbing to the boards. One preliminary leaf is lacking. There is heavy wear and tear to the first 8 preliminary leaves, with text loss to the top right corner, and one prelim with approximately a quarter of the page missing. There is an extremely unusual method of early highlighting in yellow applied to the first 61 numbered leaves, and then leaves 100-127. Whether this is a method to just merely highlight the content or preserve them, is unknown. There is damp staining covering a portion of leaf CCLI, that lasts to the final leaf. There is minor damp staining to the lower right margin of leaf CLXXII to CXCVIII.