Biblia Germanica.

Accession number: 
PML 28383
Uniform title: 
Bible. German. 1466.
[Strasbourg]: [Johann Mentelin], [before 27 June 1466]
[406] leaves ; 40 cm (fol.)
Credit Line: 
Purchased in 1931.

Title and imprint from ISTC.
Printed in Mentelin's 3:92G.
Sheppard notes that Schorbach's dating 'nicht nach 1461' is based on a ms date (copy ApelscheB Ermlitz, see Günt(L)) which should be read 1467, not 1461. The dating [before 27 June 1466] from a purchase inscription in Munich, BSB copy (leaf 401v).
Collation: [1¹² 2-5¹⁰ 6¹⁰(9+1: umb den gebresten); 7-9¹⁰ 10⁸; 11¹² 12-14¹⁰ 15¹²; 16-19¹⁰; 20¹² 21-24¹⁰ 25¹⁴; 26-28¹⁰ 29⁸(7+1: nit böses); 30¹² 31-33¹⁰ 34⁸ 35⁶; 36-40¹⁰]: 406 leaves, leaf [35]/6 blank.
Paper format: Royal folio.
PML copy leaf dimensions: 37.5 x 28.2 cm, trimmed.
PML copy with leaves [1]/4-7 remargined at fore edge.

16th-century German blind-rolled pigskin over partially-bevelled wooden boards (40 x 30 cm), sewn on 5 supports, with rolls attributed to Hans Schnabel of Stuttgart (EBDB w002984, active 1580-, d.1606). Plain paper pastedowns and endleaves; plain endbands; red edges. 2 clasps, missing.

Hand decoration: Contemporary Strasbourg rubrication, alternating red and blue lombards with foliate decoration at major initials, red rubrics, headlines, and capital strokes. Annotations: Manuscript inscription citing Johannes Nast's Historisch-kritische Nachrichten von den sechs ersent deutschen Bibelausgaben (Stuttgart, 1767), 18th-century (front pastedown).

Elias Brackenhoffer (1618-1682), book collector in Strasbourg, signature (rear pastedown); unidentified German library stamp, abraded (leaf [1]/1r); Pierpont Morgan Library, purchased from L.C. Harper, July 1931.