Latin Vulgate 1541

Biblia insignium historiarum simulachris cum venustati tum veritati accomodis illustrata

Paris: François Gryphius, 1541. In-octavo

Darlow & Moule 6119 notes. Mortimer, French 16th c., 69

STROZIER, Special Collections Vault -- BS751541.

Pages displayed: f. 549v.-550. Three anonymous woodcuts illustrating Revelation ch. 13-15.


François Gryphius (active 1532-1545) was the younger brother, installed in Paris, of the better-known German printer Sebastian Gryphius (1492-1556) who worked mainly in Lyon. His abundant production, mainly of small format pedagogical booklets, was directed towards students but contrary to the Estienne he was not a scholar himself. He published humanists; he was not one of them. The text of this Latin Vulgate slavishly reproduces that of the 1532 and 1534 editions of Robert Estienne.

The 186 unsigned woodcuts are the first examples of mannerist illustrations in Parisian printed Bibles.

The Carothers copy came from the Davenport library of New York newspaper man and bibliophile Robert Walsingham Martin (1871-1961), a member of the Grolier Club, dispersed at auction in 1963.