Erasmus’s Greek New Testament

Erasmus’s Greek New Testament

Collection ID

BIB.001155

Type

Bible - Printed Book

Date

1521

Geography

Haguenau, (France)

Language

Greek

Medium

Printed on paper

Dimensions

7.25 × 5.75 × 2 in. (18.4 × 14.6 × 5.1 cm)

Exhibit Location

On view in The History of the Bible, Revolutionary Words


This small edition was the first separate printing of Desiderius Erasmus’s Greek New Testament without his Latin translation alongside. The editor, Nicolaus Gerbelius, wrote to Erasmus in September 1515, urging him to publish the Greek text separately from the Latin for convenience. Johann Froben printed this text, which was possibly used by other translators such as Martin Luther and William Tyndale.

Published in 1521 by Thomas Anshelm, Hagenau, France. Acquired by 1774 by Dr. Andrew Askew; Purchased at auction in 1775 by “Dampier."[1] Acquired by 2009 by Craig Lampe; Privately purchased in 2009 by Green Collection; Donated in 2004 to Museum of the Bible, Washington, DC.

Notes: [1] Sold on March 4, 1775, Lot 3130 by Baker and Leigh. The sale catalog, “Bibliotheca Askeviana” is annotated by auction attendees who recorded the price sold as “1.11.6” and the buyer is listed only as “Dampier.”

Museum of the Bible Publications:
Jennifer Atwood and Stacey L. Douglas, ed., Passages: Exploring the Bible in Four Movements - An Exhibition Guide (Oklahoma City: Museum of the Bible, 2015) p. 44.

Description

This small edition was the first separate printing of Desiderius Erasmus’s Greek New Testament without his Latin translation alongside. The editor, Nicolaus Gerbelius, wrote to Erasmus in September 1515, urging him to publish the Greek text separately from the Latin for convenience. Johann Froben printed this text, which was possibly used by other translators such as Martin Luther and William Tyndale.


Provenance

Published in 1521 by Thomas Anshelm, Hagenau, France. Acquired by 1774 by Dr. Andrew Askew; Purchased at auction in 1775 by “Dampier."[1] Acquired by 2009 by Craig Lampe; Privately purchased in 2009 by Green Collection; Donated in 2004 to Museum of the Bible, Washington, DC.

Notes: [1] Sold on March 4, 1775, Lot 3130 by Baker and Leigh. The sale catalog, “Bibliotheca Askeviana” is annotated by auction attendees who recorded the price sold as “1.11.6” and the buyer is listed only as “Dampier.”

Museum of the Bible Publications:
Jennifer Atwood and Stacey L. Douglas, ed., Passages: Exploring the Bible in Four Movements - An Exhibition Guide (Oklahoma City: Museum of the Bible, 2015) p. 44.


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