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Bible. N.T. Greek. 1535.  [one line in Greek, romanized as] Tes Kaines Diathekes Hapanta [then in Latin] Noui Testamenti omnia. [colophon: Basileae: apvd Io, Bebelium {for Johann Schabler, called Wattenschnee}, 1535. 8vo (16 cm, 6.25"). [8], 367, [1] ff.
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Jakob Ceporinus (1499–1525, born Jakob Wiesendanger), the editor of this Greek Testament, was => a Swiss humanist who attended the universities of Cologne and Vienna and acquired knowledge of Hebrew by studying with the German humanist Johannes Reuchlin in Ingolstadt. He worked in Basel as a proofreader for a printing house, settled in Zurich, and in April of 1525 was appointed as => the first Reader of Greek and Hebrew at Zwingli's school of theology in Zurich. He died unexpectedly in December 1525.
        The first edition of his Greek New Testament appeared in 1524 from the same printer as this third edition of 1535 and like that first closely follows the Erasmus third edition, with a few variants and independent readings. Also as with the 1524 edition, the title-page has => four woodcuts after Urs Graf representing the evangelists, and that leaf is followed by Oecolampadius' "In sacrarum literarum lectionem . . . exhortatio" (pi 2–7).
        The work was published at the expense of Johann Schabler, called Wattenschnee, whose device with motto "Durum pacientia frango" is on the verso of last leaf. The Testament text is in Greek only and each book begins with a woodcut headpiece and a historiated initial, with some initials after Dance of Death designs by => Hans Holbein.
        Reuss lists this among "Editiones Erasmicae."
        Provenance: 19th-century signature on front fly-leaf of W.C.S. Tole (?); most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

VD16 B4180; Adams B1653; Reuss, Bibliotheca Novi Testamenti Graeci, p. 33. Not in Darlow & Moule, but see 4601 for the first editon. 18th-century full calf, no raised bands, round spine gilt extra; spine pulled at head, front joint sometime repaired taking part of the label and some gilt on that side with volume now strong, corners rubbed and some old abrasions. => Interior with a very few instances of old marginalia; type splendidly sharp on very clean pages.  (40636)   Please RESHELVE This.


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