FIRST EDITION of the Dutch 'Statenbijbel':
a folio Netherlands - Dutch- Bible/Bijbel/Biblia from 1637
(signed 1639) printed by Paulus
Aertsz. van Ravensteyn, of Leyden in a very fine condition.
It has a dark leather cover (not original) which has been
professionally restored/rebacked with 2 fully
functional metal clasps and a 7 raised band spine. In the front of the Bible is a
(beautifully illustrated) general title page (also showing the skyline
of the city of Leiden which is characteristic for the first edition
prints of the Statenm Bible), "Acte van Authorifatie" and a
"nieuw Regifter des Ouden Teftaments" (index to the
Old Testament) and other prelims. The Text of the Old Testament is followed by a title page to the New Testament, an
introduction and the New Testament itself, the New Testament text and a "nieuw
Regifter des Nieuwen Teftaments" (index to the New
Testament). Next a title page for the Apocrypha, a "Waerfchouwinge
aen de lesers van de apocryphe boecken" (a warning to the
readers of the apocryphal books) and the Apocrypha themselves. The
text is printed in a decorative black gothic font.
The Bible contains the complete
text of the Old and New Testament ("Statenvertaling'): "Biblia,
dat is de gantfche H. Schrifture, vervattende alle de Canonijcke
Boecken des Ouden en des Nieuwen Testaments, Door laft der Hoogh-Mog:
Heeren Staten Generael van de Vereenighde Nederlanden en volgens
het Befluyt van de Synode Nationael, gehouden tot Dordrecht in de
Iaren 1618 en 1619, Uyt de Oorfpronckeljcke talen in onfe
Nederlandfche tale getrouwelijck overgefet ... tot Leyden, gedruckt
bij Paulus Aertfz. van Ravenfteyn. Voor de Weduwe ende Erfgenamen
van de wijlen Hillebrant, Jacofz. van Wouw"
text of the Bible has VERY extensive study notes/remarks on the bottom of
each page and contains elaborate introductions to each books of the
Bible. Each book starts with a beautifully illustrated first letter
engraving (see some of the pictures). ALL title pages are present!
This antique Bible is in a VERY GOOD condition.
The Bible's binding, and spine/covers are in
good working order (treat with care as always). The leather is
supple and has blind stamped decorations.
All pages are present. There
are some stains from the past, but no loss of any text or even a
serious distraction. The first and last pages of this Bible have some rougher edges. COMPLETE book! A very
attractive and desirable antique piece of history.
A RARE First
Edition of the Dutch Statenbijbel