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    An Exceedingly Rare French Bible,
    with Over 200 Woodcuts

    [Bible]. La saincte bible en Francois, translatee selon la pure & entiere tradution de Sainct Hierome, dereschief conferee & entierement revistee selon les plus anciens & plus correctz exemplaires. Ou sus ung chascun chaptire est mis brief argument. Antwerp: Antoine de la Haye, 1541. The third printing of the first printed translation of the Bible into French completed by the French theologian Jacques Lefèvre d'Etaples. Text printed in red and black; two columns. Folio. Approximately 13.25 x 8.5 inches. [19, prefatory text including calendar, Prologue, Interpretation of Names and Table], 396, [6, title page for New Testament, Table], 101, [1] (colophon) leaves. Bound in nineteenth-century full black levant morocco, boards decoratively ruled and paneled in gilt, gilt floral cornerpieces, spine elaborately ruled, tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments, five raised bands, gilt board edges and turn-ins, all edges gilt, marbled endleaves. Binding somewhat worn (especially at joints), upper edge or rear board with loss (possibly biodepredation). Title-page trimmed and remounted on new leaf, printer's flaw to recto of leaf 362 in Old Testament affecting text at top right edge, leaf 19 of Old Testament with marginal sticker residue, a few leaves trimmed a bit close at top (no loss), several leaves have small stains or neat ink notations or underlining, but most in very clean condition. Very good.

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    Beautifully printed French Bible with over 200 woodcut illustrations and numerous woodcut initials. All editions printed in Antwerp, the 1541 edition offered here is preceded by the 1530 and 1534 printings. The work is impressive for the numerous woodcuts and the carefully achieved typography printed in two columns of gothic type. OCLC lists only two copies, one at Yale University and the other at Cambridge University.

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