Biblia: Biblia [French]. La bible historiée.

Edited by Jean de Rély.

Paris:  Antoine Vérard, [between 8 May and 25 Oct. 1499]
Fol.   Vol. I:  A-B6 a-z8 [et]8 aa-tt8 uu10 xx-zz8 [et et]8 [con con]6.   [12], i-CCC.liii, [39] leaves, the last blank;  Vol. II:  <ii iii>6 AA-PP8 QQ6 RR-VV8 XX10 AAA-BBB8 CCC-DDD6 EEE-XXX8 yyy6.   [7], ii-CCCxxxviii leaves.
Woodcuts;  woodcut printer’s device.
ISTC ib00623000;  Goff B623;  GW 4310.

Dated by CIBN from the address, types and state of the device.

Comprises the Historia scholastica of Petrus Comestor (with additions from the authentic Bible text), translated by Guyart des Moulins, and further translations from the Vulgate, edited by Jean de Rély, with glosses (Goff, CIBN B-448).

Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Euing Dq-b.10 (see main library entry for this item)
Provenance: George Offor (1787-1864), literary editor and book collector:  lot 189 (“a small portion of folio CCCXX torn off” - see Imperfections below) in 'Catalogue of the important and valuable library of the late George Offor ... which will be sold by auction, by ... Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge ... on ... 27th of June, 1865 ...', (London:  1865);  sold to the London bookseller Bernard Quaritch for £10.10.0 according to the digitized annotated copy of the Offor sale catalogue in the Bodleian Library:
Bernard Quaritch (1819-1899), bookseller, London:  see above.
William Euing (1788-1874), insurance broker, Glasgow:  purchased from Quaritch;  loose sheet of paper inserted with annotation “Bible Historiée - 189 Offor per BQ now in possession of W. Euing”;  Euing’s pencil note on A1r of vol. 1 “Offor per BQ 1.7.65 I/-” and a further note “Ent[ere]d in Cat. French Bibles No 27”.
University of Glasgow:  Euing bequest, 1874.
Binding: 16th-century blind-tooled calf over wooden boards with remains of two brass clasps;  edges of top outer corners of both boards protected with brass angle brackets (those at the lower corners now lost);  covers decorated with triple fillets and three separate foliate rolls to form three concentric rectangles, the inner rectangular has a lattice-work design formed by triple fillets;  green-edged leaves;  rebacked in 19th century when an earlier front pastedown of paper was largely replaced.   Size:  363 x 254 mm.
Leaf size: 350 x 242 mm.
Annotations: Vol. I:  signature t1, missigned by the printer “tiiii”, corrected in manuscript;  probable ownership inscription erased from top margin of A2r.   Vol. II:  possible name (unread) in black ink at foot of the second leaf of the first gathering, followed by a square drawn in black ink bisected from corner to corner into four triangles;  19th-century number “570/18” (binder’s job number?) in pencil on yyy6v.
Decoration: Vol. I:  undecorated.   Vol. II:  initials left blank by printer supplied in red and occasionally in blue;  capital strokes in red throughout;  on CC6v is a rough pen-and-ink drawing of St John copied from the woodcut on the facing page.
Imperfections: Wanting the final blank leaf of vol. I;  lower corner of qq8 (folio “CCC.xx.”) of vol. I torn off with slight loss of text.

Woodcut illustration and drawing in Biblia [French]. La bible historiée