1483 Koberger Bible Leaf - Story of Achaz - Original hand-color


Original incunabula Bible leaf in German printed by Anton Koberger of Nuremberg in 1483 – from the scarce deluxe edition with original hand-coloring.(360 x 255 mm – 14 ¼ x 10’’)

The first Bible printed in the city of Nuremberg. Printed the year of Martin Luther’s birth and the considered the best German Bible up until Luther’s. Reference: Hain 3167.

This early leaf consists of text printed in gothic letter in two columns. The hand-colored woodcut engraving (verso) depicts the story of Chapter 16:  Achaz (Ahaz makes Judah a subject nation to Assyria and captives are seen being driven out of Juda across the bridge, while in the foreground Achaz is seen in front of a heathen altar he had copied from one in Damascus). 

The text is from IV Kings (King James II Kings) 14:24 – 15:38 and the Prologue to Chapter 16:  “Jonam…” (Jonas the son of Amathi, the prophet, who was of Geth, which is in Opher…).  

Shipped unmatted

  • Inventory# IM-13020