Biblia Latina. Basel: Johann Froben, 27 June 1491. First octavo, small-format pocket Bible, Froben's first imprint, lacking four preliminary leaves and three blanks, 489 of 496 leaves, text printed in small gothic type in two columns throughout, initials provided in red and blue, bound in full later leather, 6 x 4 in.
"The early printers had thought only the monumental folio was appropriate for the Bible. Froben adopted the smallest practical size, the octavo. In this way he introduced portability into the printed Bible format, following the pattern which the production of manuscript Bibles had attained in the 13th century." (Berkowitz, In Remembrance of Creation, no. 105).
(lacking first signature), a2-8 (lacking a1 blank), b-y8, A-Z8, 1-10, 11 11, A-D8, E6 (lacking E7 & 8 blank).
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