1535 French Bible
[Bible. French. Olivétan]. La Bible Qui est toute la Saincte escripture. En lanquelle sont contenus, le Vieil Testament [et] le Nouveau, translatez en Francoys. Le Vieil, de lebrieu [et] le Nouveau, du Grec.
[Neuchâtel: Pierre de Wingle, 1535]. (31464)
The first edition of the first French Protestant Bible, translated by Pierre Robert Olivétan (c.1506–1538), includes three prefaces attributed to Calvin. The first, although written in Latin, celebrates this vernacular translation; the second is an appeal to Jews to convert to Christianity; and the third, an introduction to the New Testament, can be considered both a preview and summary of Calvin’s Institutes. The first and second texts were never reprinted. The third, however, was included in numerous French New Testaments and Bibles into the eighteenth century and was also translated into Latin, English, and Italian.