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Tēs Kainēs Diathēkēs apanta: Novi Testamenti L

 
Tēs Kainēs Diathēkēs apanta: Novi Testamenti L by CASAUBON, Isaac, Joseph Scaliger, Robert Stephan, Richard Whittaker (1633)

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Author: CASAUBON, Isaac, Joseph Scaliger, Robert Stephan, Richard Whittaker
Title: Tēs Kainēs Diathēkēs apanta: Novi Testamenti Libri
 
Year: 1633
Publisher: Apud [B. and A. Elzevir for] Richardum Whittakerum, bibliopolam, M D C XXXIII
Place: London
Dust Jacket: No
Signed: No
 
Price: £650
 
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[8] pp 459 [13] Sombre-bound Greek New Testament with attractive and most unusual late seventeenth century cut-work decoration to the goatskin covered boards, all edges black. Octavo format with triple blind ruled panels, two blind binder's devices and a central oval and floral cut-work decoration with floral and tulip designs to the corners. Marbled end-papers, printed text-block trimmed, sometimes touching signatures. Light staining to a few pages, backstrip probably reinforced internally with glue. Late eighteenth century ownership stamp to first blank of 'W. M Atkins'. This Greek New Testament was printed in Leiden by Elzevir for Richard Whittaker whose London address is given for the imprint. The first four words of the title in Greek are Romanised with an engraved printer's device below. The text, with its introduction by Whittaker and the Elzevir printer, forms part of the post-Reformation quest for an acceptable and intellectually plausible version of the New Testament in Greek. A fashion for sombre bindings existed around the fifty years from 1675 to 1725; this example is both unusual and very beautiful.



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