A XVII CENTURY MINIATURE BIBLE, IN A CONTEMPORARY BOOK-BAG

Τηϛ καινηϛ διαθηκηϛ απαντα. Novum Jesu Christi domini nostri testamentum, ex regiis aliisque optimis editionibus cum cura expressum.

Sedan, Jean Jannon, 1 March 1628 [Colophon: Sedani, ex typographia Ioannis Ianoni ... Absolutum kalendis martijs [i.e. 1 March] anno D. 1629].

64mo in 8s, 571, [1]; printed in Greek; title coming loose, otherwise a very good copy in contemporary calf, borders double-filleted in gilt, corner-pieces tooled in silver, spine gilt-filleted in compartments between 4 bands, with floral centre-piece tooled in silver in each, board-edges and turn-ins roll-tooled in gilt, edges silver-gilt and gauffered with a floral tool, marbled endpapers, slightly rubbed at extremities, silver tarnished, front free endpaper detached; in a contemporary goatskin carrying case, slightly worn with button lost and small wormhole.

£1250

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US $1666€1477

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An uncommon seventeenth-century miniature New Testament, ‘the smallest Greek Testament ever printed, with the exception of Pickering’s miniature edition of 1828’ (Darlow & Moule), printed by Jean Jannon in Sedan, and preserved in a rare contemporary book-bag.

A protestant printer trained at Paris, Jean Jannon (d. 1658) established his press in the Huguenot principality of Sedan, independent from France from 1560 until 1642. Prized for its accuracy (it is said to contain only three errors) and for its fine typography, this New Testament is printed in Jannon’s five-point petite sédanoise type, considered ‘the finest ever created for a miniature edition’ (Bondy).

Intended as a pocket edition, the Jannon’s New Testament, which reproduces the text of the first Elzevir Testament (1624), is here found in a rare contemporary goatskin book-bag.

Bondy, p. 8; Darlow & Moule 4676; Spielmann 385.

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