Le premier volume de la bible historiee.

Accession number: 
PML 28379-82
Uniform title: 
Bible. French. 1498.
Imprime a Paris : pour Anthoyne Vérard, [between 8 May 1498 and 25 Oct. 1499]
[12] i-CCC.liii. [39]; [7] ii-cccxxxviii leaves ; 38.5 cm (fol.)
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Purchased in 1931.

Title from half-title page, part I, leaf A1r.
First colophon, part I, leaf uu9v: Cy finist le premier volume de la bible hystoriee. Imprime a Paris pour Anthoyne verard libraire demourant a Paris sur le pont nostre dame a lymaige saint Jehan leuangeliste ou au palais au premier pillier deua[n]t la chapelle ou on chante la mess de messeigneures les presidens. [Printer's mark]
Second colophon, part II, leaf yyy6v: Alhonneur et louenge de la benoiste trinite de paradis a este imprimee cest bible en francoys hystoriee po[ur] Anthoine verard libraire demourant a paris sur le pont nostre dame a lymaige saint iehan leuangeliste ou au palais au premier pilier deuant la chapelle ou len chante la messe de mess[eigneur]s les presidens. [Printer's mark]
Printed in Vérard's types 3*:115G, 3**:119G, 4:89G, 7:114G, and 8:430G.
Dated by CIBN from the address, types and state of the device.
In two parts.
Signatures, part I: A-B⁶; a-z [et] aa-tt⁸ uu¹⁰; xx-zz [et][et]⁸ [con][con]⁶: 404 leaves, leaves uu10 and [con][con]6 blank; part II: [1]⁶; AA-PP⁸ QQ⁶ RR-VV⁸ XX¹⁰; AAA-BBB⁸ CCC-DDD⁶ EEE-XXX⁸ yyy⁶: 344 leaves, leaves [1]/2-3 signed ii and iii.
Paper format: Royal folio.
386 woodcuts, with repititions.
Comprises the Historia scholastica of Petrus Comestor (with additions from the authentic Bible text), translated by Guyard des Moulins, and further translations from the Vulgate, edited by Jean de Rély, with glosses (Goff, CIBN).
PML copy printed on vellum.
PML copy leaf dimensions: 37.7 x 24.2 cm.
PML copy bound in 4 volumes, divided after leaves x1 and XX10. Part I, leaf A6 bound after A1.

18th-century French gold-tooled red morocco (a French collector's binding) over heavy paper boards (39 x 27 cm), sewn on 6 supports. Marbled paper pastedowns and endleaves, with plain paper endleaves; decorative endbands; gilt edges.
Variant Title: 

Bible historiée


Hand decoration: Contemporary French illuminated initials and woodcuts (many incomplete with only base colors added). Annotations: No marginal notations in text.

Paris, Bibliothèque Ste. Geneviève (see Van Praet, vol. I: 43); Louis Jean Gaignat (1697-1768), his sale, De Bure (Supplement à la bibliographie instructive), Paris, 1769, part I, lot 61 for fr.350.10; Louis César, duc de La Vallière (1708-1780), his sale, Paris, 1783, part I, lot 116; Justin de Mac-Carthy-Reagh (1744-1811), his second copy, his sale De Bure (Paris), part I, 1815, lot 136 for fr.360; Sir Charles and Lady Mary Forster of Lysways Hall, Rugeley, & Hench Hall, Lichfield, inscription: "Hench Hall" (in each volume, on the verso of a front endleaf), her sale, Sotheby's, 6 July 1931, lot 105; Pierpont Morgan Library, purchased in July, 1931.