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    A Large, Fresh Copy of Koberger's Third
    Latin Bible

    [Bible in Latin]. [With the tractate of Menardus Monachus]. [Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, 14 April 1478]. Third edition of Koberger's Latin Bible. Large folio (16.125 x 11 inches; 410 x 280 mm.). Complete with 468 leaves ([1], 461, [6] leaves, numbered in roman numerals: [1], cccclxi, [6] leaves (ccxxxv and ccccxxxiii misnumbered ccxl and ccccxxiii)). Collation: [112 2-2210 23-246: 1/1r blank, 1/1 contents, 1/2r Genesis-Psalms; 25-3610 37-386: Proverbs-Maccabees; 39-4110 42-438: Gospels; 44-4810: Pauline Epistles, Acts, Catholic Epistles, Apocalypse; 496: treatise of Menardus, canon tables]. Text printed in double columns of fifty-one lines, plus headline and foliation on the recto of each leaf. Canon marginalia in the Gospels. Types 3:110G (text), 4:160G (headline, chapter incipits). Three- to thirteen-line initial spaces. Major initial spaces left blank; alternating blue, red, and magenta pearled Lombard initials supplied, some with infill, some with flourishes or extensions into the margins; paragraph marks in blue, red, and magenta; red capital strokes; underlining in red; headlines, foliation, and canon marginalia in the Gospels framed in red. Contents written in black and red by a contemporary hand on the blank recto of the first leaf, with printed table of contents on the verso.
    Colophon (on fol. 461v): "Anno incarnat[i]onis d[omi]nice. Millesimoquadringentesimo septuagesimo octavo. Mai v[er]o k[a]l[endas] octavodecimo [18 Kalendas Mai=14 April 1478]...imp[re]ssum. In oppido Nurnberg[e]n[si]. per Antoniu[m] Coburger..."
    Contemporary German blindstamped calf over thick unbevelled wooden boards. Covers stamped in blind with a central panel of a foliate tool within lattice compartments, and a border of alternating rosettes and a different foliate tool (tools not in Kyriss or Schwenke-Sammlung). Two chased brass catch plates on front cover (clasps and straps lacking); evidence of chain staple at top of front cover. Spine with four raised bands (sewn on double cords) and paper label. Printer's waste pastedowns and endpapers from an early printed edition of Persius with commentary of B. Fontius (57 lines of commentary, type 81R, bull's head watermark). Binding somewhat rubbed and worn, and possibly repaired at an early date. Small library stamp removed from first leaf. There is occasional bleedthrough from some of the supplied initials. Large black ink stain in the outer margin of fol. 336r; a few additional scattered ink spots or smudges, mostly marginal. Intermittent dampstaining in the lower gutter, heavier in places (from gathering 39); a few additional small marginal stains or dampstains. Worming to the rear board, pastedown, free endpaper, and continuing into the text of the final ten leaves, becoming a single hole in fols. 459, 460, and 461, with some loss. A few marginal paper flaws. Occasional contemporary ink marginalia, quite extensive in places. Overall, still, a handsome and well-preserved copy.
    Koberger's third Latin Bible, reprinting his earlier editions of 1475 (Goff B-543) and 1477 (Goff B-552), which in turn reprinted the Fust and Schoeffer edition of 1462 (Goff B-529). This edition was printed again 10 November 1478 (Goff B-559).
    The tractate of Menardus, a summary of the books of the Bible and of how best to study them, was first printed in the Basel edition of Bernhard Richel, not after 1474 (Goff B-537). The tractate is dedicated to Jacob of Eisenach (fol. [462]r), and it is likely that Menardus, who describes himself as a solitary (in loco solitudinis me[a]e), was a Carthusian of Eisenach.
    BMC II, page 415; Bod-inc B-266; BSB-Ink B-429; Goff B-557; Harvard/Walsh 675; HC *3068; GW 4232; Oates 988; Pellechet 2296; Polain 648; Proctor 1984; Sheppard 1445.

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