Wednesday, January 9, 2013

The Whole Thing

If you like looking at great books like we do, check this one out:

It is:
Biblia, Das ist: Die gantze Heilige Schrifft, Alten und Neuen Testaments. Nach der U[e]bersetzung und mit den Vorreden und Randglossen D. Martin Luthers, mit Neuen Vorreden, Summarien, weitläuffigen Parallelen, Anmerckungen und geistlichen Anwendungen, auch Gebeten auf jedes Capitel: Wobey zugleich Nöthige Register und eine Harmonie des Neuen Testaments beygefüget sind. Ausgefertiget unter der Aufsicht und Direction Christoph Matthäi Pfaffen...

In case you didn't get that, it is, to translate the German loosely: The Bible, that is: The entire Holy Scripture, Old and New Testaments [--the whole thing folks!--] with translation, preface, and marginal notes by Dr. Martin Luther, with [lots of other helpful information by others] under the direction of Christoph Matthäi Pfaffen.
Here are some fun facts about the book:
  • It was published in 1729 by Cotta
  • One of the rare complete copies still in existence.
  • 1830 pages, plus prelims
  • Bound in pigskin over wood boards
  • Remnants of the embellished brass clasps remain
  • Copper engraved headpieces, initials and plates (2 double)
  • Engraved maps of Jerusalem, Palestine, and a military map of the children of Israel
  • Contains the Apocrypha
  •  Ink inscription in a fine German hand on the front paste-down and first front endpaper (traced to Stuttgart) as shown here:

This rare and beautiful book is available for sale on our website at the following link:

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