Echoes from the Vault

This week’s binding feature is one of four incunabula held in the George Hay Forbes Collection. This week, as I was wrapping up cataloguing of all the known incunabula from the smaller collections held in the department (the majority are held in the Typographical Collection), I came to pull this item off the shelf I was stunned! GHF34.h(2) is a four volume set of the Latin Vulgate Bible, printed in 1493 in Nuremberg by Anton Koberger’s shop, featuring the commentary of Nicholas de Lyra, Pablo de Santa Maria (Bishop of Burgos), Mathias Döring and Guillelmus Brito.

It is assumed that this set was assembled by George Hay Forbes, as three volumes have been bound uniformly (vols 1,2 & 4) and one (v. 3) has a completely different binding and provenance marks. Volumes 1,2 and 4 of this set have been half bound in alum tawed

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