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87 Renaissance Woodcuts from Biblia Sacra, 1599

87 Renaissance Woodcuts from Biblia Sacra, 1599 by BEHAM, Sebald; Salomon 'Petit' Bernard (1599)

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Author: BEHAM, Sebald; Salomon 'Petit' Bernard
Title: 87 Renaissance Woodcuts by Sebald Beham from Biblia Sacra,1599
Year: 1599
Publisher: Plantin Press; Jan Mourentorf; Jan van Keerburghen
Place: Antwerp/ Douai
Dust Jacket: No
Signed: No
Price: £800
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[8] 91 [3] Sixteenth century woodcuts after Hans Sebald Beham (1536) and Salomon Bernard (1558) extracted from a 1599 Bible by a Douai reader in the 1830's. The 87 woodcuts have been mounted by 'G D', one to the recto of each leaf, illustrating both Old and New Testaments and including images of Eve's emergence from Adam's side, Noah's Ark, manna from heaven and repeated reworkings of the life story and teachings of Christ which illustrated from the four Gospels. The Old Testament images are based on the 1536 sequence of woodcuts by Hans Sebald Beham and Salomon Bernard's 1558 illustrations to the New Testament. The collection of woodcuts were retrieved and bound thus no doubt from a damaged copy of the 1599 Dutch Bible in quarter calf over marbled boards with the bookplate of the 'Bibliotheque congrégation de Notre Dame, Maison Des Oiseaux' (presumably the convent at 84 rue de Sèvres in Paris) in the 1830's. The person responsible, 'G.D.', has written a scholarly two page manuscript introduction to the work, explaining the provenance of the images and giving the book a manuscript title page: 'Figures de l'Ecriture sainte. Ancien et Nouveau Testament. MDXCIX. Douai. 1836.' He explains that 'Les Figures réunis dans ce petit volume appartiennent a une Bible Flamande...' It's not possible to say whether GD was connected with the English college in Douai but it is perhaps significant that the volume has ended up, for now, in England.
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