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Bible. Latin & German. Selections. 1712.  Historiae celebriores Veteris [– Novi] Testamenti iconibus repraesentatae et ad excitandas bonas meditationes selectis epigrammatibus exornatae in lucem datae à Christophoro Weigelio. Noribergae: , 1712. Folio (38.3 cm, 15.125"). 2 vols. in 1. I: [1], 150 [of 151] plts.; II: [1], 108 plts.; lacking the last plate of vol. 1.

Representing => all-in commitment to fully graphic embodiment of The Word, this => entirely engraved pictorial Bible by Christoph Weigel depicts hundreds of famous stories and incidents central or dear to the Christian faithful, from the temptation of Adam and Eve, to David slaying Goliath; to scenes of Christ's teaching and emblems of His parables; to portrayals of His agony and taking in the garden, and His trial and crucifixion, and more. (At the end are some notably striking visions of, and from, Revelation.) Below each spacious image is its chapter source and a => brief didactic poem printed in both Latin and German.
        Faber du Faur notes the large illustrations were designed by Jan Luyken, Casper Luyken, F.A. Meloni, and anonymous contributors before being engraved by Weigel. Brunet gives the plate count for the 1712 edition as 261, but there are no Worldcat records with that number of plates, all records showing either 258 or 260, the latter apparently when the cataloguer has counted the engraved title and half-title as engravings. In this copy, the Iast plate (#151) of the O.T. containing an image from ch. 9 of the second book of Maccabees is not present.
        In total, this folio volume contains two engraved title-pages and 258 full-page engraved illustrations — 150 from the O.T. and 108 from the N.T. — all extremely well done, as is all calligraphy. => This is not what one typically thinks of, as an "illustrated Bible"; that is, it is not "embellished text" — it represents, rather, the Bible IN pictures.
        Provenance: The Howell Bible Collection, Pacific School of Religion (properly released).

Brunet, V, 350; on the 1708 edition, see: Faber du Faur, German Baroque Literature, 1843; see also: Graesse, Trésor de Livres Rares, VI, pt. 2, 429. 18th-century rust and ochre paste paper–covered boards, gilt black leather spine label, all edges stained red; rubbed, especially edges and corners; one plate lacking as above. Light age-toning and some leaves with soiling to edges or marginal spotting; some lower corner tips with an old limited inkstain; these things by no means calamitous. Ex-library with pictorial bookplate at front, a few rubber-stamps not within plates, library pencillings, and booklabel and circulation materials at back. => An enjoyable and instructive copy of a captivating, ambitious, and beautiful work.  (40489)   Please RESHELVE This.

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