Christian III's Bible

Biblia. Det er den gantske Hellige Schrifft udsæt paa Danske. Kbh: Ludowich Dietz. 1550. Folio. Richly illustrated with wood engravings. Upper part with narrow margins. Title page and portrait in facsimile. Coat of arms mounted on new paper. Several leaves in the last part have undergone serious restorations or exist in facsimile. Repairs and reinforcements throughout. The bible is a compilation and the quality of sheets varies. Bound in new fine full morocco over wooden boards, with clasps (FP).

“The first translation of the entire Bible stands as a monument of the Danish Reformation and the influence it exercised, both at the time and subsequently, cannnot be overemphasized.”

Literature: Lauritz Nielsen 405; Thesaurus I; 75, Peter E. Raes: På sporet af gamle bibler; Fund og Forskning i Det kongelig Biblioteks Samlinger, XIII 1966, p. 51–70.

Provenance: Flemming Erik Pedersen (1931–2020).


Condition report on request. Please contact: books@bruun-rasmussen.dk


8,000–10,000 kr.


Price realised

13,500 kr.