Frederik II's bible

Biblia. Det er den gantske Hellige Scrifft Paa Danske igien offuerseet oc Prentet effter Salige oc høylofflige ihukommelse Kong Friderichs den II. Befalning. Cph: Matz Vingaard 1588–89. Folio. [22] + 353 [i.e. 354] + 226 + 159 l. Wood engraved title-page, Frederik II’s (AND Christian IV’s portrait) mounted on verso. + Full page wood engraved coat of arms and 2 title pages. Preliminary and last leaves with frayed edges, repairs, reinforcements and a few leaves with marginal loss of text. Wear due to age and use. Bound in 17the century full calf over wooden boards.

“This, the second Danish Bible in folio, is the first to be printed by a Dane. The Bible is M. Vingaard's major work, and the largest printing undertaken to be carried out in Denmark during the sixteenth century.”

Literature: Lauritz Nielsen 405; Thesaurus I; 129, 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


15,000–20,000 kr.


Price realised

19,000 kr.