Gudbrandsbiblia ~ 1584

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     Gudbrand Torláksson (1550?-1627) became Bishop of Holar in 1570. He published a 84 books for the religious education of the people. Among them was Gudbrandsbiblia, the first complete Bible printed in Iceland, in 1584. The New Testament was translated by Oddur Gottskálksson, while the Old Testament was translated by Gudbrand. It was adorned with woodcuts and ornamented initials. Copies commanded the price of two or three cows. The stamps show an illuminated “D” and a miniature of Christ ascending.

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