Constance: Jacobi Friderici Bez & Sociorum, 1763. Second edition. Hardcover. 2/ 4 volumes in one. Folio. . 758pp. 562pp. Embossed pig skin over paper covered boards Raised bands. Staining, rubbing, and scuffing to binding.
Minor tears to following pages, none of which affecting text:
a) Copper plates following p. 5, 246 and 692, the latter through plate. Plate still complete.
b) Pages: 6/7, p. 87, 246, 276, 338, 380, 589, 644, 696 and 744.
vol. 2) Pages 64 and 325.
Major browning to following pages (not affecting text):
vol. 1) 484ff., 530ff., 554ff, 594ff.
vol. 2) 331fff., 441ff., 502ff.
This is the second edition, illustrated differently than the first edition. Contains 2 out of 4 volumes:
1) From Pentateuch or Five Books of Moses until Chronicles
2) From Ezra until Ben Sira
It hence, contains, most of the Torah (5 Books of Moses or Pentateuch) and Ketuvim (Hagiography). Missing are volumes 3 (Prophets) and 4 (New Testament)
Magnificently illustrated with 14 ornamental printers' devices and 24 numbered and captioned full-page copper engravings. Hereby the order of no. 23 and 2 is reversed. [In the complete 4 volumes there are 65 copper engravings.] Text in Latin and German. Binding in good-, interior in very good condition.
On the author and the book (source: Schildenberger, Die Bibel in Deutschland, p. 272-274, our translation from the German):
Germanus Cartier (1690-1794). Born in Pruntrut in July 22nd, 1690. Priest at the Benedictine monastery in Ettingheimmunster, where he headed a team to achieve a Bible translation in understandable German. Cartier died before the completion of the work, in 1749. The first edition of the Ettingheimmunster Bible was published post mortem 2 years later.
The group worked 10 years on the Bible translation. Its uniqueness is not only the clear German, but also the division: Whereas Biblia Vulgatae (standard Catholic Bibles) are normally divided into three parts, this Biblia is divided into four parts:
1) From Genesis to Chronicles.
2) From Ezra to Ben Sirah.
3) Prophets and Maccabees.
4) New Testament. Contains also a "syllabus" of different Bible editions, Church fathers and exegetes as well as a dissertation on the topic of the earthly paradise.
Another sign of uniqueness is the inclusion of Latin commentaries from Church fathers and contemporary exegetes. Furthermore, the attempt to deliver a clear and understandable German was a clear focus point of the group (and one of the reason why it took so long). It specifically attempts to improve a German that Dietenberger's and Ulenberg's translations had lacked. However, the aim was to still be as close as possible to the Semitic language character of the source. The second edition [our copy] was published in 1763 and has different illustrations than the first edition. g. Item #14766