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The First Printed Dutch Bible: Reassigning theHonour1

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The first Bible printed in mainstream Dutch has been thought to be the 1526 Van Liesvelt Bible, a folio. However, the first title-page of a well-known four-volume 1525 decimosexto Dutch Old Testament for which no matching New Testament has hitherto been identified claims to introduce a complete Bible. This article demonstrates that a 1525 decimosexto Dutch New Testament of which a single copy survives, in Zurich, is the missing volume. Most notably, it shows that the Old Testament volumes, this New Testament, and a Maccabees supplement for the Old Testament, were printed with the same type, and used a temporary, project-specific pool of decorative letters, with some of the letters belonging to the printing shop which did the printing, and some belonging to the publishing syndicate. The article further shows that one member of the syndicate was the international book merchant and publisher Franz Birckman.

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