ISAIAH 37:8-40:12. “Comfort, comfort my people!”” (40:1). RARE FIRST EDITION. Biblia Latina. Printed in Nuremburg by Anton Koberger, 1475. Folio, 15.7″ x 10.7″. With 3 Handpainted Capitals, in Red and Blue; and rubricated throughout. Leaves are a beautiful creamy color, on very heavy vellum-like paper. COA on premium “gold leaf” paper. SUPERIOR+ condition (see pics). This rare edition is the FIRST of Koberger’s Bibles, the FIRST Bible printed in Nuremburg, the 18th printed Latin Bible, and the 23rd printed Bible — ever! Only 104 copies of this Bible are recorded extant!!
Text includes the beginning of Isaiah’s stunning proclamation to Israel, that her Exile has ended, in fulfillment of God’s promise never to forsake Israel (40:1-11). See also the popular verses in vv.6-8 ending with the Reformation motto: “The word of our God will stand forever!” For smaller incunabula leaves, see the several Biblia Sacra under “Bifold Portfolio”.