1858 Martin Luther German Bible, printed in Cologne, good condition for age For Sale
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1858 Martin Luther German Bible, printed in Cologne, good condition for age: $5
1858 printing of the Martin Luther Bible in German (the German script being a little difficult to read). NOTE: Apocrypha not included in this printing, only Old and New Testaments. Book is 161 years old and it shows: cover is flaking material, title has worn away on spine and front cover, paper is old and often yellowed, some pages in Genesis are coming loose from the binding. That said, each page is still completely legible, no pages are missing that I could see, quality of print is quite high- no fading. Books are structured in the conventional manner so if you want to practice your German as I did you can go side-by-side to help (Luther didn't like some books and moved them around to prioritize those he thought more worthy). Inside front cover has information about former owner. Estate sale find.The Martin Luther Bible was extremely important in history because it broke the control of the priestly class over the 'common folk', first in Germany and then elsewhere as the Protestant church grew. It essentially standardized the fragmented German language of the time and was the beginning of the Hochdeutsch strain of German that remains today. Luther bypassed the Vulgate- or Latin- translations of the Old and New Testaments relied on by the Catholic Church, using the original Greek and Hebrew for his translations, with an eye on making the translation comprehensible by the people of the day. The language is therefore often striking- for example, he says 'Jesus' eyes overflowed' (und Jesus gingen die Augen ueber) where we would say 'Jesus wept'.Hope you enjoy it! Will be well-protected (with all the bubble wrap, boxed) and shipped by media mail.