Reina–Valera Bible

Collection ID

BIB.003873

Type

Bible - Printed Book

Date

1602

Geography

Amsterdam, (the Netherlands)

Language

Spanish

Medium

Printed on paper

Dimensions

11.5 × 8 × 2.25 in. (29.2 × 20.3 × 5.7 cm)

Exhibit Location

On view in the History of the Bible Floor, The Bible Spreads Globally


The Reina–Valera Bible is one of the most influential Bibles in the Spanish-speaking world. Cipriano de Valera was a Spanish monk who embraced Protestant theology in the 1550s, eventually fleeing to England and then Holland. In the 1580s, he began revising Casiodoro de Reina’s Bible of 1569, the first complete Spanish translation of the Old Testament, Apocrypha, and New Testament. Valera published his work in 1602. Today, the Reina–Valera Bible remains the standard version used by many Spanish-speaking Protestants. This copy includes a royal bookplate, indicating that it once belonged to the private library of Maria Cristina, Queen of Spain.

Printed in 1602 by Loreço Iacobi, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Acquired by the late 1800s by the royal library of Maria Cristina (1858–1929), Queen of Spain.[1] Acquired by Natalio Botana (1888–1941), Argentina.[2] Acquired by Juana y Delia Borbón, unknown owners; Acquired by Alejandro Ganado, unknown owner, Argentina.[3] Purchased in 2009 by Andrew Stimer, private collector, Camarillo, California; Privately purchased in 2014 by Green Collection, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Donated in 2017 to National Christian Foundation (later The Signatry) under the curatorial care of Museum of the Bible.

Notes: [1] The front free endpaper of the text features the royal bookplate of Maria Cristina of Spain, along with a call number. An inscription on the next page also notes this copy once belonged to the queen. [2] The front free endpaper also features an ex libris stamp identifying the text as once belonging to Natalio Botana, a controversial political journalist in Argentina. [3] A handwritten note on the front free endpaper states “Juana y Delia Borbón” (the name is partially illegible) gave the book to an Alejandro Ganado.

description

The Reina–Valera Bible is one of the most influential Bibles in the Spanish-speaking world. Cipriano de Valera was a Spanish monk who embraced Protestant theology in the 1550s, eventually fleeing to England and then Holland. In the 1580s, he began revising Casiodoro de Reina’s Bible of 1569, the first complete Spanish translation of the Old Testament, Apocrypha, and New Testament. Valera published his work in 1602. Today, the Reina–Valera Bible remains the standard version used by many Spanish-speaking Protestants. This copy includes a royal bookplate, indicating that it once belonged to the private library of Maria Cristina, Queen of Spain.


provenance

Printed in 1602 by Loreço Iacobi, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Acquired by the late 1800s by the royal library of Maria Cristina (1858–1929), Queen of Spain.[1] Acquired by Natalio Botana (1888–1941), Argentina.[2] Acquired by Juana y Delia Borbón, unknown owners; Acquired by Alejandro Ganado, unknown owner, Argentina.[3] Purchased in 2009 by Andrew Stimer, private collector, Camarillo, California; Privately purchased in 2014 by Green Collection, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Donated in 2017 to National Christian Foundation (later The Signatry) under the curatorial care of Museum of the Bible.

Notes: [1] The front free endpaper of the text features the royal bookplate of Maria Cristina of Spain, along with a call number. An inscription on the next page also notes this copy once belonged to the queen. [2] The front free endpaper also features an ex libris stamp identifying the text as once belonging to Natalio Botana, a controversial political journalist in Argentina. [3] A handwritten note on the front free endpaper states “Juana y Delia Borbón” (the name is partially illegible) gave the book to an Alejandro Ganado.


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