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BB-4 Biblia Pauperum

?[Edition III]. A cycle of 40 plates with typological themes, in which events from the New Testament or Apocalypse are paired with Old Testament events seemingly prefiguring them.

[Netherlands, c.1460-3, impression Germany, c.1465-70].

A complete copy of edition III has 40 leaves. This is one of 5 copies of this edition consisting only of the first 20 leaves.

298 x 214 mm. From the appearance of up to four nail-holes in each of the folded leaves that makes up the book, this copy appears to have been used for display as a set of posters, affixed by nails and pasted to a support (for example, to wooden panelling), before it was made up as a book.

Provenance: Owned by Sir Mark Masterman Sykes (1771-1823), later by Francis Douce (1757-1834). Bequeathed to the Bodleian in 1834.

Shelfmark: Douce 248.

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