Erasmus’s New Testament in Greek, Fifth Edition

Erasmus’s New Testament in Greek, Fifth Edition

Collection ID

BIB.003613

Type

Bible - Printed Book

Date

1535

Geography

Basel, (Switzerland)

Language

Greek and Latin

Medium

Printed on vellum

Dimensions

13.1 × 9.25 × 1.5 in. (33.5 × 23.5 × 4 cm)

Exhibit Location

Not on view


Erasmus’s crowning achievement in Bible translation was the first published print edition of the Greek New Testament. It was issued in 1516, four years before the Complutensian Polyglot, which was printed in six volumes between 1514 and 1517 but delayed for publication until 1520 waiting for papal approval. This fifth and final edition of Erasmus’s New Testament was issued in 1535, prior to his death in 1536. Unlike the preceding fourth edition, this final rendition omitted the text of the Vulgate. This copy contains the Greek New Testament text only and not Erasmus’s Annotationes, which were bound separately.

Printed in 1535 by Hieronymus Froben and Nicolaus Episcopius, Basel, Switzerland. Acquired by 2011 by David C. Lachman, Wyncote, Pennsylvania;[1] Purchased in 2011 by Green Collection, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Donated in 2014 to Museum of the Bible, Washington, DC.

Notes: [1] Museum of the Bible spoke with David Lachman’s wife by telephone on October 31, 2019, but the Lachmans provided no further information.

description

Erasmus’s crowning achievement in Bible translation was the first published print edition of the Greek New Testament. It was issued in 1516, four years before the Complutensian Polyglot, which was printed in six volumes between 1514 and 1517 but delayed for publication until 1520 waiting for papal approval. This fifth and final edition of Erasmus’s New Testament was issued in 1535, prior to his death in 1536. Unlike the preceding fourth edition, this final rendition omitted the text of the Vulgate. This copy contains the Greek New Testament text only and not Erasmus’s Annotationes, which were bound separately.


provenance

Printed in 1535 by Hieronymus Froben and Nicolaus Episcopius, Basel, Switzerland. Acquired by 2011 by David C. Lachman, Wyncote, Pennsylvania;[1] Purchased in 2011 by Green Collection, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Donated in 2014 to Museum of the Bible, Washington, DC.

Notes: [1] Museum of the Bible spoke with David Lachman’s wife by telephone on October 31, 2019, but the Lachmans provided no further information.


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