The 1549 Estienne Greek New Testament


Tes Kaines Diathekes hapanta. [Novum Testamentum ex bibliotheca regia].

Paris: Robert Estienne, 1549


16 mo. 2 volumes. 12.1 x 7.8 cm. I : 528 p. (Collation: a-z8, A-K8), II : 361 p., [1] f. (Collation: aa-yy8, zz6)


17th c. red morocco, spine and boards ruled in gold, title in Greek tooled on gold on the spines. Text ruled in red. Fine copies, minor wear to bindings. Provenance: Malezieu -possibly the Greek scholar Nicolas de Malezieu (1650-1727)- inscription on title, inscription on title; George Nash (manuscript ex-libris); P.M. Nash (manuscript ex-libris).

Robert Estienne’s second Greek New Testament, printed in the celebrated “grecs du roi” Greek types of Claude Garamond. With the iconic device of the French king’s printer on the title pages and the Estienne device at the end of the second volume.

Edited by Robert Estienne using the Complutensian Polyglot, the 1535 edition of Erasmus’ Greek New Testament, and several manuscripts. The first and second Estienne Greek New Testaments… “are commonly known as the ‘O mirificam’ editions, from the opening words of Robert Estienne’s preface to François I, praising him for commissioning [Claude Garamond’s second, smaller] Greek font in order to provide Greek texts in pocket format.”(Schreiber)

Renouard, Annales Estienne, 73, 1; Schreiber 102; Darlow & Moule, 4620; USTC, 150379