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Vulgate Bible; in Latin, illuminated manuscript on parchment

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Vulgate Bible; in Latin, illuminated manuscript on parchment

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BOOK DESCRIPTION: VERY TINY ILLUMINATED MEDIEVAL BIBLE. In Latin, illuminated manuscript on parchment, Northern France (Paris?), c. 1230-1250. Dimensions 113 x 72 mm., 512 folios, lacking at least three folios at the end with the conclusion of the Apocalypse, otherwise complete, copied in a minute gothic bookhand in two columns of 49-47 lines, SEVENTY-SEVEN PAINTED initials, FIVE HISTORIATED initials. BINDING: nineteenth-century blind-stamped brown leather over pasteboard by Riviere; some wear to joints and raised bands. TEXT: Latin Bible in the Vulgate translation; the order of the biblical books, choice of prologues, use of "modern" chapters, and readings of the text itself are all characteristic of the textual recension known as the Paris Bible. This extremely tiny volume (among the smallest thirteenth-century "pocket" Bibles known) contains the entire biblical text. ILLUSTRATION: books of the Bible and the prologue to Proverbs begin with painted initials, some extending full column, many with grotesques, three with animals. Five biblical books, Genesis, Psalms, Proverbs, Isaiah, and Romans, begin with historiated initials by a professional artist, likely working in Paris. PROVENANCE: Evidence of the script and decoration allow us to date this Bible to the second quarter of the thirteenth century, most likely to the 1240s, and evidence of its text certainly point to Paris; contemporary corrections throughout, and antiphons, canticles, and the Athanasian Creed were added to the Psalms quite early in its history; private family collection in Neptune, New Jersey. CONDITION: significant damage from damp throughout, including to the Genesis initial, occasional modern repairs, trimmed throughout, especially at top margin (loss of some running titles and tops of initials), occasional initials in the lower margin partially trimmed, Full description and images available. (TM 941)


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TM 941
Vulgate Bible; in Latin, illuminated manuscript on parchment
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Northern France (Paris?), c. 1230-1250
pocket bible, bible, vulgate bible, France, Northern France, 13th century, illuminated manuscript, manuscript, medieval manuscript, medieval illuminated manuscript, gothic manuscripts
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French Manuscripts; Medieval Bestsellers; Thirteenth-Century and Earlier;

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About Les Enluminures

Les Enluminures was founded in Paris in 1991 by Dr. Sandra Hindman in association with the Chicago-based business, and it has opened a gallery in New York in May 2012. Specializing in manuscripts and miniatures from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.


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raised band(s)
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