1483 Incunabula Latin Medieval Bible Handpainted Leaf

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  • Item Category: Books, Paper & Magazines
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Mar 31, 2011
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First of all, this particular leaf has four (4) handwritten initial letters (see the scanned images), all hand-painted by the rubricator. Very beautiful!
Also, this leaf has a beautiful watermark in the paper, which shows a long stem and at the bottom a round bulb at the bottom divided into two compartments.
Also, this leaf has a small bookworm hole, in the lower left column, just touching the text.
A very large leaf in Black Letter (Gothic) type from a Latin Vulgate Bible published in Venice in 1483 by the printer, Johannes Herbort. It is outstanding edition of the Latin Bible, one of the Fontiubus ex Graecis editions, "a series of corrected Latin Bibles, which claim for themselves--apparently with justice--a superiority above all contemporary edition," according to Darlow and Moule, vol. II, p. 911. This is just twenty-eight years after Gutenberg's 1st Bible of 1455! By definition, an incunabulum (the singular of "incunabula") or "incunable" (French) or "inkunabel" (German) must be printed from 1455 to 1500. However, those books printed in the later 1480s and the 1490s, as well as the year 1500 (which is technically the last year of the 15th century), had more and more woodcut printed initials. InLatin, the term "incunabula" means "baby clothes" or "things of the cradle," and canrefer to the earliest stages or first
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