Douai Old Testament, volumes 1 and 2

Douai Old Testament, volumes 1 and 2

Collection ID

BIB.005041.1-.2

Type

Bible - Printed Book

Date

1609; 1610

Geography

France

Language

English

Medium

Printed on paper

Dimensions

9.1 × 7 × 2.1 in. (23 × 17.8 × 5.4 cm)

Exhibit Location

Not on view


The Douai Old Testament, as part of the Douai-Reims Bible, formed the basis of nearly every English translation of the Catholic Bible that followed. After the ascension of Elizabeth I to the throne in 1559, some Catholic scholars fled to Douai, France, where they formed a college for English priests. They eventually began work on an English translation of the Bible based on the Vulgate, which they hoped would combat the influence of Protestant translations. The New Testament was completed in Reims in 1582. The Old Testament, with Apocrypha, was completed in Douai in two volumes in 1609 and 1610. The Douai-Reims translation remained the premier Catholic Bible in English until the twentieth century.

Printed in 1609 by Lawrence Kellam, printer, Douai, France. Acquired by Blackfriars Library, University of Oxford.[1] Acquired by 1970 by Arthur Wilmer-Lissauer, private collector, Kentucky.[2] Acquired by 1970 by Philip C. Duschnes, bookdealer, New York;[3] Purchased in the early 2000s by Sidney Ohlhausen, private collector, Houston, Texas; Purchased in 2015 by Tenny Family Bible Collection, private collection, Krum, Texas; Donated in 2020 to Museum of the Bible, Washington, DC.

Notes: [1] The stamp of Blackfriars Library appears at the bottom of the dedication page. [2] Arthur Wilmer-Lissauer’s bookplate is located on the front pastedown. The exact dates of ownership are unclear at this time. [3] A catalog description, along with a handwritten note stating, “Swann Galleries Sale: 19 October 89—Estate of Philip Duschnes,” is pasted on the front pastedown. No additional information about this auction is available at this time.

description

The Douai Old Testament, as part of the Douai-Reims Bible, formed the basis of nearly every English translation of the Catholic Bible that followed. After the ascension of Elizabeth I to the throne in 1559, some Catholic scholars fled to Douai, France, where they formed a college for English priests. They eventually began work on an English translation of the Bible based on the Vulgate, which they hoped would combat the influence of Protestant translations. The New Testament was completed in Reims in 1582. The Old Testament, with Apocrypha, was completed in Douai in two volumes in 1609 and 1610. The Douai-Reims translation remained the premier Catholic Bible in English until the twentieth century.


provenance

Printed in 1609 by Lawrence Kellam, printer, Douai, France. Acquired by Blackfriars Library, University of Oxford.[1] Acquired by 1970 by Arthur Wilmer-Lissauer, private collector, Kentucky.[2] Acquired by 1970 by Philip C. Duschnes, bookdealer, New York;[3] Purchased in the early 2000s by Sidney Ohlhausen, private collector, Houston, Texas; Purchased in 2015 by Tenny Family Bible Collection, private collection, Krum, Texas; Donated in 2020 to Museum of the Bible, Washington, DC.

Notes: [1] The stamp of Blackfriars Library appears at the bottom of the dedication page. [2] Arthur Wilmer-Lissauer’s bookplate is located on the front pastedown. The exact dates of ownership are unclear at this time. [3] A catalog description, along with a handwritten note stating, “Swann Galleries Sale: 19 October 89—Estate of Philip Duschnes,” is pasted on the front pastedown. No additional information about this auction is available at this time.


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