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Bach's Calov Bible Facsimile Edition

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Bach's Calov Bible is an interesting book containing Martin Luther's translation of the bible along with a commentary. What makes this book even more intersting is that it was once belonged to the composer Johann Sebastian Bach

The work was made in 1681 by the theologian Abraham Calovius who was both the editor and author of the additional commentary. Composed of three volumes, each bearing Bach's signature and the date 1733, the work is currently treasured at the Concordia Seminary Library in St. Louis, Missouri.

Bach's Calov Bible contains marks and annotations, attributed to Bach and confirmed by handwriting analysis and chemical analysis of the ink, thus indicating that the composer made quite a use of it, even correcting some typos resulted from the printing. 

We have 1 facsimile edition of the manuscript "Bach's Calov Bible": Bach's Calov Bible facsimile edition, published by Van Wijnen, 2017

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Bach's Calov Bible

Franeker: Van Wijnen, 2017

  • Commentary (Dutch abstract, English, German, Japanese abstract) by Clement, Albert; Wolff, Christoph; Greer, Mary; Erhardt, Tassilo; Zwitser, Marcel; Wollny, Peter
  • Limited Edition: 1000 copies
  • Full-size color reproduction of the entire original document, Bach's Calov Bible: the facsimile attempts to replicate the look-and-feel and physical features of the original document; pages are trimmed according to the original format; the binding might not be consistent with the current document binding.

The Dutch publisher Van Wijnen acquired the rights for the publication of the work entrusting a team of experts with the creation of the commentary.
The facsimile edition is printed and bound by Bernardinum Printers of Pelplin, Poland. 

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