[Title in Greek] Novum Testamentum. Bible in Greek.
[Title in Greek] Novum Testamentum.
[Title in Greek] Novum Testamentum.
[Title in Greek] Novum Testamentum.
[Title in Greek] Novum Testamentum.
[Title in Greek] Novum Testamentum.
[Title in Greek] Novum Testamentum.

[Title in Greek] Novum Testamentum. Ex Bibliotheca Regia.

Paris: Robert Estienne, 1549. Two volumes. 3 1/2 x 5 inches. (8.7 x 12.5 cm). 528, 359, (3) pages--all lightly ruled in red. The title page is hinged in. Circa 1800 gold-tooled straight grain red morocco, with marbled pastedowns, all edges gilt. Spines a bit darkened, joints a bit rubbed, contents near fine. Protected by a cloth folding case. Item #3433

The first book printed in Claude Garamond's "cicero" font, the smallest of the three sizes of the "grecs du roi" types--one of the finest ever cut (Proctor and Scholderer). With foliated initials and head pieces; Estienne's device on both title pages and a different device on the final page. A very handsome book. A note written in French and tipped to the free end paper speaks not only of the rarity and preciousness, but also of the superb typography.

Provenance:
Count Dmitry Petrovich Boutourlin, an outstanding c.19 Russian book collector and Librarian of the Imperial Russian Library. His personal library held an almost complete collection of Aldine editions and a complete collection of books from the Bodoni Press. (His armorial bookplate on the pastedown has a much later name in "R. H. Cheney E. C.")
A manuscript note in French is tipped to the fly leaf.

J. R. M Butler and H. M. Butler (Master of Trinity College) received the books as a wedding gift from Sir Walter Leaf. (Note in Butler's hand, laid in.)

Schreiber 90. Mortimer 74. Adams B 1656.

Price: $3,000.00

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