"Novum Instrumentum Omne" Erasmus’s New Testament

"Novum Instrumentum Omne" Erasmus’s New Testament

Collection ID

BIB.001121

Type

Bible - Printed Book

Date

1516

Geography

Basel (Switzerland)

Language

Greek and Latin

Medium

Printed on vellum

Dimensions

11 × 9 × 1 in. (27.9 × 22.9 × 2.5 cm)

Exhibit Location

On view in The History of the Bible, Revolutionary Words


Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam (1466–1536) was the first to prepare a complete Greek New Testament for publication. Erasmus titled this first edition Novum Instrumentum Omne. In it, he presented his own Latin translation as well as critical notes on textual variants in the Vulgate that were not supported by the Greek manuscripts he consulted. His hurried work, which was done in just ten months, resulted in hundreds of typesetting errors. After the success of the first edition, from the second edition onward, Erasmus simply called his work Novum Testamentum.

Printed in 1516 by Johann Froben, Basel, Switzerland. Acquired, probably in the 1930s, by Hellmut Albert Feisenberger (1909–1999), London bookseller;[1] Privately purchased by Carrie Estelle Doheny (1875–1958) private collector, Los Angeles, California;[2] Donated in 1947 to St. Mary’s Seminary, Perryville, Missouri; Purchased at auction in 1994 by a private collector;[3] Purchased at auction in 2001 by Lou Weinstein, Beverly Hills;[4] Privately purchased in 2010 by Green Collection, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Donated in 2014 to Museum of the Bible, Washington, DC.

Notes: [1] H. A. Feisenberger was a prominent bookseller who moved to London from his native Germany in 1933. He partnered with Irving Davis shortly thereafter and began acquiring a broad range of rare books until the start of World War II in 1939. It is likely he purchased this book at that time. [2] Carrie Estelle Doheny, the famous Los Angeles bibliophile, did not provide a date for her purchase of this book. It is likely that she acquired it in the 1940s. [3] Christie’s, London, March 30, 1994, Lot 3. [4] Christie’s, New York, December 14, 2001, Lot 159. Lou Weinstein operated a rare book shop in Beverly Hills for 44 years, selling the shop in 2007 but continuing private sales from his new home in Hawaii.

Museum of the Bible Publications:

Roland S. Werner, Unser Buch: Die Geschichte Der Bibel Von Mose Bis Zum Mond (Our Book: The Story of the Bible from Moses to the Moon) (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht GmbH KG, 2017), 92–93.

David Trobisch, Jennifer Atwood, Jonathan Kirkpatrick, and Rory P. Crowley, Verbum Domini II: God’s Word Goes Out to the Nations (Abilene, Texas: Abilene Christian University Press, 2014), 129.

Description

Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam (1466–1536) was the first to prepare a complete Greek New Testament for publication. Erasmus titled this first edition Novum Instrumentum Omne. In it, he presented his own Latin translation as well as critical notes on textual variants in the Vulgate that were not supported by the Greek manuscripts he consulted. His hurried work, which was done in just ten months, resulted in hundreds of typesetting errors. After the success of the first edition, from the second edition onward, Erasmus simply called his work Novum Testamentum.


Provenance

Printed in 1516 by Johann Froben, Basel, Switzerland. Acquired, probably in the 1930s, by Hellmut Albert Feisenberger (1909–1999), London bookseller;[1] Privately purchased by Carrie Estelle Doheny (1875–1958) private collector, Los Angeles, California;[2] Donated in 1947 to St. Mary’s Seminary, Perryville, Missouri; Purchased at auction in 1994 by a private collector;[3] Purchased at auction in 2001 by Lou Weinstein, Beverly Hills;[4] Privately purchased in 2010 by Green Collection, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Donated in 2014 to Museum of the Bible, Washington, DC.

Notes: [1] H. A. Feisenberger was a prominent bookseller who moved to London from his native Germany in 1933. He partnered with Irving Davis shortly thereafter and began acquiring a broad range of rare books until the start of World War II in 1939. It is likely he purchased this book at that time. [2] Carrie Estelle Doheny, the famous Los Angeles bibliophile, did not provide a date for her purchase of this book. It is likely that she acquired it in the 1940s. [3] Christie’s, London, March 30, 1994, Lot 3. [4] Christie’s, New York, December 14, 2001, Lot 159. Lou Weinstein operated a rare book shop in Beverly Hills for 44 years, selling the shop in 2007 but continuing private sales from his new home in Hawaii.

Museum of the Bible Publications:

Roland S. Werner, Unser Buch: Die Geschichte Der Bibel Von Mose Bis Zum Mond (Our Book: The Story of the Bible from Moses to the Moon) (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht GmbH KG, 2017), 92–93.

David Trobisch, Jennifer Atwood, Jonathan Kirkpatrick, and Rory P. Crowley, Verbum Domini II: God’s Word Goes Out to the Nations (Abilene, Texas: Abilene Christian University Press, 2014), 129.


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