1580 A Commentarie of M. Doctor Martin Luther upon... Galatians. English edition

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An early English edition of Martin Luther's commentary on the letter to the Galatians. This is the third English edition, the first was printed in 1575, the second was "diligently revised" and printed in 1577 and this is the second printing of the second state (1580).

Martin Luther thought very highly of Galatians. In the introductory texts Luther states, "If this doctrine florish, then all good things florish, religion, the true service of God, the glorie of God, the right knowledge of all things which are necessarie for a Christian man to know."

This copy has been highly appreciated through the centuries, with manicules (an older method of annotation with hands drawn to point at important texts), marginal annotations and underlining combined with a number of rich bibliographies, extracted from other works, and written on the endpapers.

Full (Descriptive) Title -

A Commentaire of M. Doctor Martin Luther upon the epistle of S. Paule to the Galathians, first collected and gathered word by word out of his preaching, and now out of Latine faithfully translated into English for the unlearned.

Physical Attributes -

Measures approx. 19 x 13 x 3 cm. OCLC (Worldcat library reference) #14031283. Old calf binding. Pages - xii, 296. Signatures - Z8, Oo8, P6

Condition -

See pictures. Binding is well worn, with older as-needed repairs and respined. Crazing to the leather and exposed endbands. Some chipping at top and bottom of spine and wear/repair at corners. Rear joint has a few cracks.

Inside - Soiled and thumbed page edges. annotated throughout (including extensive bibliographic notes at endpapers). Tissue repair at gutter of title page. Burn hole center of title page and page behind repaired with tape. Underlining, marginal annotations, & manicules throughout. Dime size marginal hole on page 7. Some marginal annotations trimmed. Moisture mark coming up from right corner throughout, occasionally more noticeable. No page 70 (Kiv). Spot on 77, 127 numbered 139. Occasional dog ear and worm hole. 177 small hole. 197 numbered 199. 202 numbered 200. Small hole 230. 242 to rear small dark spots at bottom right corner. 279 numbered 272. 295 edge repaired with tape/cellophane. 296 repaired with contemporary (old) paper pasted behind it.

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