Auction 111, Lot 2

"The Holy Bible Containing the Bookes of the Old & New Testament", Ogilby, John

Subject: Title Pages

Period: 1660 (dated)


Color: Black & White

11 x 18 inches
27.9 x 45.7 cm

This superb, rare title page is from a folio edition of King James' version of the Holy Bible printed by John Field and beautifully illustrated by John Ogilby. The architectural-style composition depicts King Solomon on his throne with lions at his feet, and surrounded by his subjects. Above the title is King David with the figures of Moses and Abraham on the left and Aaron and David on the right. The depiction of Moses shows him with horns, which resulted from a mistranslation of the Hebrew word qaran. Titles are underlined and borders added in contemporary red ink. Included is a bible text leaf from the Biblia Sacra Graece, Latine & Germanice printed by Jacobus Lucius Juni in Hamburg, 1596.


Condition: A

There is a small inscription in the top margin and some brown spots in lower margin. Narrow side margins, as issued.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $300

Closed on 6/8/2005