1583 Profusely Illustrated Latin Vulgate Roman Catholic Bible in original vellum binding - Antique Family Bibles and Early English Bibles

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    1583 Profusely Illustrated Latin Vulgate Roman Catholic Bible in original vellum binding
Size: 8" x 6" x 2.75"
Publisher: Venice, Apud Haeredes Nicolai Beuilaque & socios
VERY GOOD condition
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'Biblia ad vetustissima exemplaria nuncrecens castigata ... Venitiis: Apud Haeredes Nicolai Beuilaque, & Socios, M.D.LXXXIII' [1583]
Bound in (original) vellum covers with  handwritten 'Biblia Sacra' on its spine. Apart from the  highlighted initials this Bible is truly LOADED with Scripture illustrations  Double column Roman font, with marginal matter, enclosed within rules and verse-numbers given at the side. All text in Latin. Bound with various introductions, tables and indices.
 [Bible]. Biblia. Octavo. 1126 pages. Elaborate engraved architectural title page with vignette of St. Jerome and the lion below title with flanking vignettes, dexter, Abraham and the sacrifice of Isaac; sinister, Cain smiting Abel; each bordered with scroll work and grotesques, above these a framed proscenium screen flanked, dexter, a Hebrew priest burning incense; and sinister, Moses and the Tablets; with the words "Biblia ad vetustissima exemplaria" and above all, the crowned Deity upon a cloud with the sun and stars. 616 dramatic woodcut illustrations likely after works by Hans Holbein, Bernard Salomon and Pierre Eskrich. Historiated initials, tailpieces and other decoration. Text printed in two columns. Vellum binding contemporarily titled by hand in black ink of the spine. All edges marbled. Vellum spotted, as usual; minor shelf wear and bumping; text block. Front free endpaper with inscription; ancient marginal notes and markings; some foxing, toning starts and staining; some pages conserved and mounted without primary text loss; some folds, fox-ears and fragile breaks; else very good. A very good copy of a profusely well illustrated 16th century Bible!
 
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