Geneva: Jean Crespin, 1553. 3 1/2" x 5 1/2" in 8s. Item #014711
[1-2] 3-796 pp.  blank & errata. The first Greek testament issued by Jean Crispin (or Crespin) from the third edition of R. Stephanus's 1550 edition, title with verso blank, preface by Joannes Crispinus Pietatis Studiosis. Printer's device present but publisher's information has been rubbed out. Crespin left his position as Advocate for the Parliament of Paris branded as a heretic and joined his friend Jean Calvin in Geneva. For a fuller biography of him, read Jeannine E. Olson's, "Jean Crespin, Humanist Printer Among the Reformation Martyrologist" in Manfred P. Fleischer (ed) The Harvest of Humanism in Central Europe; Essays in Honor of Lewis W. Spitz, p. 317-340. Darlow and Moule, (4626) 590-591 note: "The first Greek Testament issued by Jean Crispin (or Crespin) the French printer of Geneva, who went on to publish many editions of the Scriptures in various languages including the second quarto English Geneva Bible of 1570." The British and Foreign Bible Society copy lacks all matter after p. 474 (end of Acts). A copy in the Austrian National Library. This copy precedes the work of Theodore Beza in 1565 by a dozen years and it would appear to be the Greek text Calvin would have used in the last decade of his life and studies. Bound in full contemporary mottled calf, raised bands, red morocco spine label gilt, other compartments fully gilt decorated, marbled endpapers, some chipping to spine ends, small piece of lower margin of page 175 torn away without loss of text. A very good copy in a very nice, early binding.