Fragment of an early incunabulum, Biblia Latina, Jenson, Venice, 1479.
Printed in double columns in Jenson's Gothic type, with hand-painted initials and rubrications in red, blue, purple and yellow, with very fine pen work. This is the second edition of the Bible in Latin by Jenson (first edition 1476).
Folio, remnants of contemporary, blind-stamped calfskin binding over wooden boards. 146 pages (73 folios).
The rubrication / illumination was in many cases done by an illuminator appointed by Jenson (cf. L. Armstrong, ‘Studies of Renaissance Miniaturists in Venice’). The illumination in this incunabulum therefore strictly corresponds to various other prints by Jenson from the same period, for example the 1478 Breviarium Romanum in Chantilly, Musée Condé.
Loose-leaf, some quires, some leaves well-thumbed. Pagination in old manuscript, contemporary instruction to binder in top margin of first leaf of the register.
ISTC ib00563000, Goff B563, BMC V 180, GW 4238
- Number of Books
- Author/ Illustrator
- Nicolaus Jenson
- Book Title
- Biblia Latina
- Publication year oldest item
- Original language
- Binding/ Material
- Number of pages
- 335×225 mm