A very rare FIRST EDITION of the
famous Jan Moerentorf (Moretus) Roman Catholic Dutch (Netherlands - Nederlands) language Bible
printed in Antwerp in 1599. This Bible has been the standard Dutch
language text of the Roman Catholic church till the 1800s (and is
still used). It has been reprinted many times over. The 1599 first
printing of this translation was published by Jan Moerentof and Jan
van Keerberghen at the renowned Platin printing press in Antwerp,
Belgium. "Biblia Sacra, dat is De geheele
heylighe Schrifture befeylt int oudt ende nieu Teftament ...
t'Antwerpen, by Ian Mourentof ende Ian van Keerberghen. Anno
This Bible has a very
beautifully and professionally rebound in full leather calf period
style covers with hand-sewn headbands, handmade paper endpapers and
blind tooling. It has a 4 band-raised spine with the retained
original two leather closing straps. The binding allows supple
opening and reading of the text (on a daily basis). The title page is a copper
engraving with the title in borders, flanked by Moses and David and
Old Testament scenes in the top and the Evangelists at the bottom.
Throughout the Bible there are another 92 smaller woodcuts depicting
various the various Bible scenes described in the text. The prelims include a letter by
the printer, approbations by the church and a table to direct
scripture readings throughout the year. The Bible is complete in EVERY ASPECT. Beautifully decorated
first chapter initials and colophons. All title pages present.
The Bible's binding, and spine/covers have been restored and are in
good/solid working order. All pages are present. The paper is in
AMAZING quality, hardly any discoloring - beautifully undamaged and
crisp (very rare to see this quality for a 410+ year old Bible). No
noticeable tears, folds or any other damages. ABSOLUTE MUSEUM
quality! A gorgeous and rare first edition Moretus Bible!