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Rare Bibles: Incunabula N.T. Bible (1481)

The Styberg Library has a special collection of rare Bibles. This guide features some of the ones that are within the collection.


Printed in 1481, only twenty six years after the Gutenberg Bible, the Incunabula New Testament in Latin is the oldest Bible in our collection. The text is in the center of the page with the Franciscan Nicholas De Lyra’s comments to the left and right of the text. In an effort to understand the literal meaning of the text, De Lyra consulted the Greek to produce his Latin translation, and he published extensive commentaries on the Bible, from which these notes were taken. Martin Luther is claimed to have stated, “Without Lyra we would understand neither the Old nor New Testament,” so his work is very instrumental and important. Our copy has vellum binding and beautiful typography and lettering throughout.