Original incunabula leaf from the Bible in Latin (Biblia Latina) with commentary by Nicolas de Lyra and printed by J. Froben and J. Petri in Basel, December 1, 1498. (290 x 203 mm – 11 ½ x 8’’)
Reference: Goff #B-609; Gesamtkatalog der Wiegendrucke #4284 ; Darlow and Moule #6085 (note); Hain #3172. Printed in black ink with rubrics and versals hand-illuminated in red.
This early leaf consists of text printed in gothic letters. Line one begins Matthew 4:8 - 18: “Iterum assumpsit…” (Again the devil took him up into a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them. And said to him: All these will I give thee, if falling down thou wilt adore me. Then Jesus saith to him: Begone, Satan: for it is written, The Lord thy God shalt thou adore, and him only shalt thou serve. Then the devil left him; and behold angels came and ministered to him. And when Jesus had heard that John was delivered up, he retired into Galilee: And leaving the city of Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Caparnaum on the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and of Nephthalim; That it might be fulfilled which was said by Isaiah the prophet:/ Land of Zabulon and land of Nephthalim, the way of the sea beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles: The people that sat in darkness, hath seen great light: and to them that sat in the region of the shadow of death, light is sprung up…).
The central text is surrounded by Nicolaus de Lyra’s famous commentary. “This work, which was used by Luther, and influenced some of his writings” was first published with the biblical text in 1481.