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Testamenti Veteris Biblia Sacra, Genevae, Matthaei Berjon, 1617. Early Bible from Geneva, in Latin.

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An interesting 17th Century Latin Bible, from Geneva:


Testamenti Veteris Biblia Sacra, sive Libri Canonici Priscae Judaeorum Ecclesiae a Deo Traditi, Latini recens ex Hebraeo facti, brevibusq, Scholiis illustrati ab Immanuele Tremmellio, & Francisco Junio. Accesserunt libri qui vulgo dicuntur Apocryphi, Latine redditi, & Notis quibusdam aucti a Francisco Junio. Multo omnes quam ante emendatius editi & aucti locis innumeris: quibus etiam adjunximus Novi Testamenti libros ex sermone Syro ab eodem Tremellio, & ex Graeco a Theodoro Beza in Latinum versos, Notisque itidem illustratos. Quarta cura Francisci Junii ante obitum. Cum Indice ad Notas V.T. triplice, Hebraeo, Graeco & Latino.

(The Holy Bible of the Old Testament, or the Canonical Books of the Prisca Jewish Church Delivered by God, recently made into Latin out of the Hebrew, with brief, illustrated by the Scholias by Immanuel Tremmellius and Francisco Junius. There came the books commonly called the Apocrypha, rendered in Latin, and with certain notes augmented by Francis Junius. All of them much more thoroughly edited than before, and enlarged in innumerable places: to which we have also added the books of the New Testament from the Syriac language by the same Tremelli, and translated from the Greek into Latin by Theodore Beza, and also known and illustrated. The fourth care of Francis Junio before his death. With Index to Notes V.T. threefold, in Hebrew, Greek, and Latin). 

Published Sumptibus Matthaei Berjon, Geneve, MDCXVII (Matthaei Berjon, Geneva, 1617). Uncommon.

A fair copy of this early 17th Century Bible, in need of some restoration work, but which is very possible.

In period full calf leather binding. Leather is worn, bumped and scuffed. front cover is completely detached, and the rear cover is only loosely attached via binding cord. Wear to the spine is substantial, with losses. With red morocco label with gilt to spine. Some previous owner's marks to title.

The first 6 leaves are completely detached, and worn to extremities, with creasing. After that the text block is intact and is largely in good condition. There is some damp staining, age toning to extremities, and scattered spotting, but for a book of this age, it is in very legible condition, and presents well. A far from perfect copy, but priced accordingly.

Bank + Title + 10pp + 177pp + Blank + 5pp + 292pp + Blank + 75pp (end of Old Testament) + 3pp + 448pp + 15pp. Complete. Please note the Old Testament is unusually numbered in places, where only every 2nd printed page is numbered.

Text in Latin.

Weight approximately 3.56kg (unpacked).

Approx Dimensions: 

Approximately 348mm high x 220mm wide x 74mm deep.