Original leaf with woodcut initials from the Bible in Latin (Biblia Latina) produced for Anton Koberger of Nuremberg. (330x245mm).
Printed by J. Sacon of Lyon in 1521. Reference: Darlow and Moule #6101.
Koberger was the leading German publisher of his day - known particularly for the Nuremberg Chronicle. He was also Albrecht Dürer’s Godfather – providing Durer with his early training!
The text for this leaf is nicely printed in gothic letter in two columns. Rubricating & underlining are executed by hand in red ink. Eleven multi-line woodcut initials surrounded by a floral design.
This leaf contains the text from Psalms 12 – 21 (King James 13 – 22) COMPLETE: ''Usquequo…'' (How long, O Lord, wilt thou forget me unto the end…The fool hath said in his heart: There is no God…Lord, who shall dwell in thy tabernacle…Preserve me, O Lord, for I have put my trust in thee…Hear, O Lord, my justice: attend to my supplication…I will love thee, O Lord, my strength…The heavens show forth the glory of God…May the Lord hear thee in the day of tribulation…In thy strength, O Lord, the king shall joy…O God my God, look upon me…).
The last initial opens Psalm 22 (KJ 23): 1-3: ''Dominus regit…'' (THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD, I SHALL NOT WANT. HE MAKETH ME TO LIE DOWN IN GREEN PASTURES: HE LEADETH ME BESIDE THE STILL WATERS. HE RESTORETH MY SOUL…).