London: Plantin Publishers, (1960),
First printing of this softbound edition. octavo, pictorial wrappers. (xvi), 302pp. Plantin Publishers, Item #29137
Plantin is one of the most important figures in the history of printing who "turned what had been a handcraft into an industry" and exemplified the big businessman in 16th century Antwerp. A great commercial printer his output included compact editions of the classics, contemporary works on botany, theology and history, grammars and dictionaries in Flemish, German, Greek and Hebrew, Bibles, liturgies and masses, and the famous Polyglot Bible with its parallel texts in Aramaic, Hebrew, Greek and Latin. The pictorial initials at the beginning of each chapter, the head-bands, and other typographical ornaments are facsimiles of those used by Plantin. The title-page border of this book is a replica of that used by Plantin for his "Heures de Nostre Dame", published in 1565. Fine.