The Ortenburg Bible
Augsburg: Heinrich Steiner for Peter Aprell, 1535
Stifrung Deutsches Histrorisches Museum.
Original Title: Biblia: Das ist die gantze heilige Schrifft Deudsch. D. Mart. Luth. (Bible: this is the Complete Holy Scripture in German, Dr. Martin Luther)
This luxury copy of the Luther Bible printed on parchment (prepared animal skin). It belonged to Count Joachim of Ortenburg, who in 1563 introduced the Reformation to his territory over the bitter reistance os his overlords, the dukes of Bavaria.
These two volumes were separated as they descended through different branches of Joachim's family. One of the heirs was a strict Calvinist considered images of God blasphemous; consequently, he had depictions of God erased from his volumesurvives intact and is open to the New Testament title page where Count Juachim signed his name.