First Edition of the Complete Bible in Spanish,
    With the Rare Supplement of "Annotationes"

    [Bible in Spanish]. La Biblia, que es, los sacros libros del vieio y nuevo testamento. [Basel: S. Apiarius for T. Guarinus], 1569. First edition of the complete Bible in Spanish (Darlow and Moule's variant A with typographical ornament on title-page). Quarto. Complete, including the rare section of "Annotationes" at the end (not seen in most copies). Roman and Hebrew type on title-page, double column text. Title-page with bear vignette of Samuel Apiarius and typographical ornament at head, two handsome woodcut illustrations in the preface, numerous woodcut initials. Nineteenth-century full black morocco with titles and decorative stamping in gilt. All edges gilt. Some noticeable abrading to the leather. Hinges reinforced, so overall a very strong binding. Bookplate to front pastedown. Ink notations to the verso of the front free endpaper and to the title page. Some contemporary marginalia. Very good.

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    The translator, Cassiodoro de Reina (ca 1520-1594), was a monk at the monastery of San Isodoro del Campo who was denounced as a heretic after converting to protestantism. He escaped from Spain with his parents around the year 1557 and began his translation soon after leaving. His version of the Old Testament is based on the Hebrew, mostly following the Latin translation of Sanctes Pagninus, as well as the Ferrara version. He based his translation of the New Testament on the Greek after the source he expected use, which was to have been printed in Paris in 1567, was suppressed. Printing of the de Reina's Bible began at Basel towards the end of 1568 and was completed in September 1569.

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