Lot 109

Bible, English.- Tyndale Bible

[The Newe Testament Yet Once Agayne Corrected by Willyam Tindale], black letter, 228 ff. only, of 276, lacking all before b3, b8, d8, e2&8, l1, all after H5, separate title for ‘Epistles’ in woodcut architectural border (trimmed at head and foot), many woodcut text illustrations (including repeats) and initials, e2 defective, tears to b4, g4, g6, h6, n2, o4, o5, E1, E8, G8, other minor tears, margins trimmed or frayed, with significant loss to side notes and touching some headlines, signatures, &c, notes in one or more contemporary hands, or scribbles to h1, h2, o7, s6, first A1&8, D7and a little elsewhere, staining and browning, small stamps on l7, s6, first A8, seventeenth-century mottled calf covers, ruled in blind, rebacked with plain calf, [Herbert 19; STC 2832], 4to in 8s, (c.195 c 130 mm.), [Antwerp, M. Crom ?, or Widow of C. Ruremond], 1536].

*** The ‘mole’ edition of Tyndale’s New Testament, one of three dated 1536, and so called from the mole (or perhaps hedgehog) depicted on a stone on which St Paul’s foot is resting, in woodcuts at the beginning of several epistles. The two others are ‘engraver’s mark’ and ‘blank’. The text of all three follows closely that of the last edition revised by Tyndale himself, published in 1535; many copies are doubtless mixed and no definite order of publication has been established, however, according to Herbert, ‘various small differences…suggest that the ‘Mole’ edition was the first’. Tyndale’s enormously influential translation, based mainly on Erasmus’ edition of the Greek text, was first published in 1525 in Worms, and formed the basis of all later versions until modern times.

Estimate: £8,000-£10,000