Stephanus’s Greek New Testament, Third Edition

Collection ID



Bible - Printed Book


ca. 1550


Paris, (France)




Printed on Paper


14 × 10 × 2 in. (35.5 × 25.4 × 5 cm)

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Two versions of the New Testament by the prolific printer Robert Estienne, known as Robertus Stephanus in Latin, show some of the earliest steps in what has become the field of textual criticism. In this beautiful edition from around 1550, known as the Editio Regia (the “Regal Edition”), a critical apparatus that compares differences between Greek manuscripts appears for the first time.

Printed in 1550 in Paris, France. Acquired by Craig Lampe, Arizona; Purchased before 2014 by Andrew Stimer, California; Purchased in 2014 by Green Collection, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Donated in 2017 to National Christian Foundation (later The Signatry) under the curatorial care of Museum of the Bible, Washington, DC.

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