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Auction 104, Lot 664

"[Bible Leaf]", Anon.

Subject: Medieval Manuscripts

Period: 1250-70 (circa)



4.7 x 7 inches
11.9 x 17.8 cm
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A very old Bible leaf, written in the Johannes Grusch Atelier, on very fine vellum in a regular tiny gothic bookhand. In Paris the birth of the Bible as we know it took place around 1200 and for the first time it was bound in a single volume; the order and names of the books were standardized and the text was divided up into numbered chapters. The scribes employed headings at the top of the page and used blue and red initials to mark the beginning of each chapter. The text on this leaf is written in two columns, with 46 lines, with 2 initials with penwork in red and blue. The name of the book (Numeri) is in red and blue letters at the top of the page and the number of the chapters (XIIII and XV) are in red and blue in the text.


Condition: A

Small flaw in the upper margin.

Estimate: $110 - $150

Sold for: $150

Closed on 9/10/2003