Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

La Sainte Bible traduit en François... Nouvelle edition, enrichie de cartes geographiques et de figures... Tome premiere [-Tome seconde] (The Holy Bible Translated into French... A New Edition, Enriched with Maps and Engraved Illustrations... First Volume [-Second Volume])

Liege: Jean-François Broncart, 1701. New edition. Hardcover. Two volumes, folio. Text in two columns (Latin and French). Engraved frontispiece (Johann Friederich Karg von Bebenburg). Main titles for each volume in red and black; sectional titles; engraved printer's devices; 30 quarter-page engraved cartouches head the biblical books. Engraved folding plate with 16 vignettes (4x4) depicting the greatest hits of the biblical cavalcade; 4 engraved folding maps: The Holy Land; The Promised Land Apportioned by Tribe; Jerusalem in the Second Temple era (after Lamy); The World Known to the Evangelists. Amply margined copy exquisitely bound in levant morocco extra over wooden boards, with mosaic compartments in crimson, ochre; and dark brown bordered in fine gilt line; spine with raised bands; pair of brass mounts, finished in black, with steel rivets at both covers (clasps and catched perished). All edges gilt and elaborately gauffered in textured floral motif; gilt inner dentelles; decorative endleaves in orange and black; crimson silk ribbon marker. The work of a master binder. Expertly repaired at spine caps. Mild marginal dampstains beginning in second half (mostly at outer corners; expanding to fore-edge and darkening in final 20 leaves). Occasional faint embrowning; else amply-margined text about fine and crisp throughout.

Sumptuous edition of the Sixto-clementine Vulgate paired with the Port-Royal French in parallel columns, annotated throughout by Thomas Du Fossé and H.-C. Beaubrun, with finely engraved title vignettes and three engraved folding plates. Dedicated to Johann Friederich Karg von Bebenburg (1648-1719), the signed frontisportrait drawn and engraved by C. Gustav of Amling. An advocate of maximal papal power, Karg served as Privy Councilor of the Prince-Bishop of Bamberg and Würzburg, Peter Philipp von Dernbach, then of Elector Max Emanuel of Bavaria. He served as Dean of Our Lady in Munich, and was entrusted by Emperor Leopold I with a legation to Pope Innocence XI. By these efforts he secured in 1688 the election of Prince Joseph Clemens of Bavaria as Archbishop of Cologne, as a result of which he was made Chancellor and Minister of State (here noted on the frontispiece).

Provenance and annotations: Bookplate of Herman Blum (Blumhaven Library & Gallery), with his ticket below; two gilt-stamped ex-libris morocco labels: Henry W. Poor (oval); Adolph Lewisohn (octogonal). Nearly Fine. Item #53475

References: Darlow & Moule 3779; Deleveau & Hillard, Bibles imprimées du XVe au XVIIe siècles conservées è Paris, 605. ADB 15 (1882), "Karg: Johann Friedrich"

Price: $7,500.00