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The Stephanus “Editio Regia” of the Greek New Testament, 1550
of the Greek New Testament, 1550
Source Text for the King James New Testament
And Fundament of the Greek “Textus Receptus”
[Bible in Greek.] [Title in Greek] … Novum Iesu Christi D.N. Testamentum. Ex Bibliotheca Regia. Ex Officina Roberti Stephani typographi Regii, Regiis typis: Lutetiae. 1550.
A collation against the first edition of Stephanus, 1546, reveals that in 38 passages the editor here rejected the Complutensian reading in favor of that if Erasmus, whereas the converse occurs only twice. This edition is the important 1550 printing in
Small folio in eights. Collates complete. *8, **8, a-q8, r6, A-M8, N6. Very modest light browning. Generally very nice. A couple of inoffensive wormholes. One-inch by three-inch cutting from title-page, likely an ownership inscription removed. Leaves b-c with minor top-edge rodential nibbling.
As tall a copy as one is likely to encounter; leaf size 342mm x 210mm.
Full German pigskin binding, dated 1559, elaborately stamped with Scriptural vignettes. Binding soiled, bowed, and tired – but perfectly appropriate and completely strong.
Provenance: ex-Rochester Theological Seminary (Ambrose Swasey Library) (de-accessioned) with blind embossed stamp of the Rockefeller Fund to the title-page and a couple of other prelimaries. Also with ex-libris of Jonathan Byrd, noted American Bible collector.
A very desirable copy of a hugely important publication.
Darlow and Moule 4622, pp. 587-8. Cf. also: Scrivener-Miller, Introduction, i, p. 124, n.3 and ii, pp. 190-1; Ellis, Bentleii Critica Sacra, pp. xiv-xv; Hoskier, Full Account, passim.
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Item # ST1001
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