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The Bible in Icelandic (Holar: Jon Jonsson, 1584).

The first complete printed Bible in Icelandic. These Bibles were more popularly known as Gudbrands Biblia after their translator and editor Gudbrandur Thorlaksson, Bishop of Holar (1571-1627). King Frederick II of Denmark, who helped pay the costs of publication, ordered that every church in Iceland should purchase a copy, and some were given away to the very poor. This copy has a fine blind-stamped binding, possibly of Danish origin.