# 20707

LUTHER, Martin (1483-1546)

[BIBLIA GERMANICA] Biblia, Das ist: Die gantze Heilige Schrift des Alten und Neuen Testaments.

$1,750.00 AUD

Wie solche von Herrn Doctor Martin Luther Seel. Im Jahr Christi 1522 in unsere Teutsche Mutter-Sprach zu übersetzen angefangen, anno 1534 zu End gebracht, und Vor einigen Jahren bereits Mit den Summarien Herrn Johann Sauberti seel. auch mit dem Vielfältigen und Lehrreichen Nutzen, über alle Kapitel, des Herrn Salomon Glassens seel. ausgefertiget … Samt einer Vorrede Herrn Johann Michael Dilherrns. Nürnberg : In Verlegung der Johann Andrea Endterischen Handlung, 1747. Thick folio, contemporary blind stamped bevelled vellum boards with initials and date ‘A. K. 1755′ to upper board, both boards with corner bosses; working metal clasps; endpapers and copper engraved frontispiece loosening from binding, title page printed in red and black; pp [72], 1181, [22]; text in double colums in German gothic type; with 11 copper engraved plates of the Electors of Saxony, an engraved plate of Martin Luther, and an engraved plate of the four major prophets (other examples often have fewer plates); woodcut illustrations throughout; some worming to boards and outermost leaves, but a good example of an eighteenth century Luther Bible in a formidable-looking contemporary binding.

Between 1613 and 1792 – for almost two centuries – the phenomenally successful Endter printing dynasty of Nürnberg published the text of Luther’s Bible in a number of editions known as the Kurfürstenbibel (Electors’ Bible) because of its illustrations of the Electors of Saxony. It was also known as the Dilherr Bible, after the author of its preface, the theologian Johann Michael Dilherr (1604-1669). These were probably the most popular German family bibles of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

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