1599 PRISTINE first edition Dutch Roman Catholic Moretus Bible, beautiful binding, engravings and straps - Antique Family Bibles and Early English Bibles

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    1599 PRISTINE first edition Dutch Roman Catholic Moretus Bible, beautiful binding, engravings and straps
Size: 12" x 8" x 3.5" thick
Publisher: Jan Moerentof (Moretus), Antwerp
VERY GOOD to EXCELLENT and almost PRISTINE condition
Bible is SOLD
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 M.D.XCIX"
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!
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