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125.  Biblia Germanica. Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, 1483. Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, Frederick Ferris Thompson Collection

Anton Koberger's Biblia Germanica, the ninth German Bible to be printed, appeared in 1483, the year that Martin Luther was born. It contained a set of 109 woodcuts illustrating major incidents of biblical history by the "Master of the Cologne Bibles." This set became the standard for German biblical illustration through the 16th century. Koberger (ca. 1445-1513) became one of the most important printers in fifteenth-century Germany. He may have operated as many as twenty-four presses and produced some 250 works between ca. 1471 and 1504.

Gift Mrs. Mary Clark Thompson, 1923

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