(12) 532 (6) 377 (24) p. 18th century Vellum, 12° 14 x 8,5 x 4 cm. (Very slight browning on the titlepage en following prelims. Provenance: With the bookplate of George John Earl De la Warr (1791–1869) on the front paste-down and on the facing first free endpaper the bookplate of Robert J. Hayhurst. Charming copy of the first edition of the New Testament in Ancient Greek edited by Etienne de Courcelles (1586-1659). De Courcelles was a remonstrant minister, scholar and translator. For his edition of the New Testament he mainly used the Elzevier text of 1633 with a few variations. However he added a very learned preface and added a great many various readings both from manuscripts and from earlier editions. This edition is also referred to as an ‘edition fort belle’ and was published two times by the Elzevier printing press in Amsterdam (1658 and 1675, this being the first) and in 1685 and 1699 again by the Blaeu printing press in the same city. Bound in a firm vellum binding, the boards decorated with ruled borders and the spine with compartments in gilt and a black leather title-label. All edges of the text-block attractively marbled in red and black which matches the black and red marbled endpapers.)
Hē kainē diathēkē (romanized). Novum Testamentum. Editio nova: In qua diligentius quàm unquam antea Variantes Lectiones tam ex manuscriptis quàm impressis codicibus collectae, & Parallela Schripturae Loca annotata sunt, Studio & labore Stephani Curcellaei.
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