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Publisher: SCHABAELJE, Nicolaus Johannes.
Title: Den Grooten Figuer-Bibel. Dat is een afbeeldingh en levendighe vertooningh, van alle de voornaemste historien, leeringen en ghelijckenissen der gantscher Heyliger Schrift, in schoone copere figueren by malkander vergadert en in order ghestelt. . .
Published: Alkmaar, Simon Cornelisz, 1646

Size: 12.0 x 14.8 inches.
30.5 x 37.5 cm.
Colouring: Uncoloured.
Condition:  Five parts in a volume. Contemp. panel blind-stamped calf with central ornament on both covers. Corners reinforced. Oblong folio (305x375mm.), (91) pp., 4 parts in 1 vol., engr. title-page, letterpress title, (89) text leaves. (incl. letterpress title), 512 engravings (i.e. incl. 4 engr. titles, 7 Merian engravings and 42 ills. on plates w. more than one ill.) on 503 plates. Missing Plate 5 of Joshua's History, the Jerusalem Plan and the Map of the Mediterranean Basin.
Most plates with Dutch sub title in brown ink in a contemporary hand.

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This fine Dutch Print Bible includes a total of 502 pages with copper engraved prints ; including five engraved titles, 3 folding maps (the Middle East, the Persian Gulf, Palestine). All in mint condition. Bound in contemp. panel blind-stamped calf with central ornament on both covers. Oblong folio (305x375mm.),

The plates are engraved by A. Collaert, J. Sadeler, CJ Visscher, C. Ryckemans after Rubens (Judgment of Solomon), Mr. de Vos, Mr. Van Heemskerck, P. Bruegel, H. Goltzius, C. Can den Broeck, K. van Mander, P. de Jode. A large number of engravings are signed C. J. Visscher.

Edited by Nicolaus Johannes Schabaelje, Mennonite preacher in Alkmaar.
Most of the engravings had already been published in 1643 by C. J. Visscher. With engravings by and after Paul Bril, Maarten van Heemskerck, Adriaen Collaert, Harmen Jansz. Müller, Pieter de (I) Jode, Jan (I) Collaert, Simon Cornelisz Brekegeest, Abraham Bloemaert, Jan Philipsz Schabaelje, Bartholomeus Willemsz. Dolendo, Jan van der Straet, J. Goltzius, Maerten de Vos.

Starting with an engraved title, "Theatrum Biblicum hoc est Historiae Sacrae Veteris et Novi Testamenti tabulis aeneis expressae" and divided into 5 parts each with a separate title:
I. Old Testament: 55 pp. of text, 290 pl., 2 maps -
II. New Testament: engraved title ("Historiae Sacrae Novi Testamenti"), 26 pp. of text, 139 pl., 1 map.
III. Acts of the Apostles: engraved title ("Acta Apostolorum"), 7 pp. of text, 56 pl.
IV. Fidei Apostolicae symbola: engraved title ("XII. Fidei apostolicae symbola, iconibus artificiosissimis"), 1 p. of text, 6 pl.
Visiones Apolyptiae: engraved title, page of text, 7 pl.

Complete title on printed title page : Den Grooten Figuer-Bibel. Dat is een afbeeldingh en levendighe vertooningh, van alle de voornaemste historien, leeringen en ghelijckenissen der gantscher Heyliger Schrift, in schoone copere figueren by malkander vergadert en in order ghestelt. Verrijckt met leersame verclaeringhen over de selve figueren, midsgaders by-ghe-voeghde tijd-rekeningen, der ghedenckweerdige geschiedenissen onder Joden en heydenen voor-gevallen.

According to Poortman II, p.34: "Schabaelie was doopsgezind predikant te Alkmaar. Hij ging de 'Figuer-Bibel" zelf uitgeven en verkopen (...) de tekst en de meeste prenten waren in 1643 al uitgegeven door Nicolas Visscher. Hoe de zakelijke verhouding tussen Schabaelie en Visscher was weten we niet. (...) de prenten heeft hij hoogstwaarschijnlijk van Visscher gekocht." For Schabaelje see: Biografisch lexicon voor de geschiedenis van het Nederlands protestantisme, vol. 6, p.271ff: "In zijn laatste Alkmaarse jaren heeft hij volumineuzer werken op de pers gebracht, zoals Den grooten figuer Bibel (1646), een oblong foliant met ruim 470 fraaie bijbelprenten, afkomstig uit Claes Jansz Visschers beroemde Theatrum biblicum, waarbij S. instructieve toelichtingen schreef." ¤



Reference: Visser, Broeders in de geest I, p.390-409 and II, Bijlage I, 9b and Bijlage IV, 1a; Van der Coelen p.164ff; Poortman II, p.34..

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