1549 · Imprynted at London
Neatly printed leaf from the 1549 Matthew's Bible, a reprinting of the 1537 edition of it (a.k.a., the "Wife Beater's Bible"), a "version, which welds together the best work of Tyndale and Coverdale, [and which is] generally considered to be the real primary version of our English Bible" (Herbert). This offering contains the story of Moses parting the Red Sea as recorded in Exodus 14 (in addition to sections of chapters 13 and 15).
The text is printed in double-column format in an interesting gothic (i.e., "black letter") type with many sidenotes and two five-line woodcut initials. => An early reader has added two dainty manicules in a faded ink pointing to where God tells Moses he will fight for the children of Israel.
Provenance: From the leaf collection of printing specimens of the Grabhorn Press.
STC (rev. ed.) 2077; ESTC S106943; Herbert 74; Rumball-Petre 84; Copinger, Bible and its Transmission, p. 304; Luborsky & Ingram, English Illustrated Books, 1536–1603, 2077. Housed under a black mat in a blue and white paper folder; mat with one crease, folders showing adhesive residue, leaf attached at bottom margin with a small piece of tape. Light age-toning, some staining at edges, readership markings as above. => Early printing of an important passage and a handsome Biblical artifact. (Inventory #: 38313)