HANDSOMELY BOUND EARLY 19TH-CENTURY HEBREW-GERMAN EDITION OF LUTHER’S TRANSLATION OF THE PROPHETS AND THE WRITINGS
(HEBREW BIBLE) (LUTHER, Martin, translator). Das Alte Testament, nach der deutschen Uebersetzung D. Martin Luthers. London: British Foreign Bible Society, 1830. Thick 12mo, contemporary full blindstamped paneled calf. $650.
1830 British Foreign Bible Society edition of a portion of Martin Luther’s German translation of the Hebrew Bible (the Prophets and the Writings; i.e., Isaiah through Chronicles), handsomely bound.
“There is little doubt that his translation had a powerful effect on the success of the Reformation, and Luther’s translation became the exemplar from which new translations into Dutch, Danish, Swedish and English emerged” (SMU, Perkins School of Theology). This volume contains the Prophets and the Writings of the Hebrew Bible (i.e., Isaiah through Chronicles) in their entirety. The first edition of any part of Luther’s Old Testament saw print in 1524, two years after his rendition of the New. Text in interleaved Hebrew and German. Darlow & Moule 4346. Owner signature. Old ink annotations to endpapers, occasional old ink and pencil markings. Small binder’s ticket.
Scattered light foxing. Light expert restoration to binding and hinges. Near-fine condition.