DAS IST: DIE GANZE HEILIGE SCHRIFFT, ALTES UND NEUES TESTAMENTS, VERDEUTSCHT HERNN DOCTOR MARTIN LUTHER.
(Nuremberg: Johann Andrea Endterischen, 1768). 459 x 308 mm. (18 x 12 1/8"). 17 p.l., 11, , 2, , 3-8, , 9-190, , 191-740 pp.; 512 pp.; 2, , 3-190, , 191-480, pp. Three parts bound in one volume.
A FINE EARLY 19TH CENTURY EXHIBITION BINDING BY JOHANN GEORG DACHAU of polished calf over heavy wooden bevelled boards, covers with outer border roll of urn-and-flower ornament in gilt alternating with palmettes, centerpiece of geometrical interlaced patterns in gilt and black, similar designs at inside corners, these accented with flower-and-leaf brackets, raised bands, spine compartments tooled in gilt and with volutes and circlets, two ornate cast brass clasps on tooled leather and catches, both incorporating full-length bas-relief of a king, wide inner dentelles with ornate gilt roll, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt (one catch-plate lacking a nail). Extra engraved title page, woodcut headpieces and historiated initials, 47 engraved plates, comprised of: copperplate portraits of Luther and 11 Electors; 11 section titles, each with 11 vignettes; nine full-page engraved depictions of Moses, Prophets, and the Evangelists; seven full-page plates engraved with 12 vignettes, six double-page maps, and two double-page engravings. ◆Lower joint with thin crack along compartment below bottom band (only negligible wear to joints elsewhere), leather bubbling slightly on back cover, two quires faintly browned, otherwise A STRIKING VOLUME IN VERY FINE CONDITION--clean, fresh, and bright internally with no signs of use, in a binding showing few signs of use.
This is an especially pleasing copy of the last and most extensive edition of the very popular and sumptuously illustrated Weimar Electors' Bible, offered here in an impressive binding of bold and unusual design by Johann Georg Dachau. Known as the "Kurfürstenbibel" because of its portraits of the Electoral Princes (called "Kurfürsten" in German), it was originally prepared for Ernst I, Duke of Saxe-Gotha and Altenburg, as a celebration of Martin Luther's Bible translation. Editions were issued by the Endters, one of the prominent German printing families, beginning in 1641. In addition to portraits of Luther and the Protestant princes of Germany, it contains the maps, views, and illustrated half-titles by Jacob van Sandrart and others, first used in the edition of 1686. The present copy contains four maps and views not found in other copies of this edition (showing the eastern Mediterranean and Palestine) as well as both a map and a view of Jerusalem. A printed statement tipped onto the front flyleaf says that Dachau executed the binding in 1804 and that it was subsequently used as a model for the best work to be produced by that binder's studio. The design here is notable for how modern it looks, with clean, straight lines and sharp angles, rather than the curves and foliage more usual for the period. The triangular cornerpieces in particular look like an element from an Art Deco design, though they predate that style by a century. (Lhi21021)