Auction 142, Lot 732

"[Illuminated Leaf]", Anon.

Subject: Medieval Manuscripts

Period: 1250 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

7.5 x 11.2 inches
19.1 x 28.4 cm

This is a very old vellum leaf from a French Bible. 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 decorative initials with pen work in red and blue. The text is from the book Paralipomenon II, more commonly knows as Chronicles, chapters 28-30. The scribe for this sheet must have been quite tired, as there are several mistakes which the scribe later corrected in the margins.


Condition: B+

Light soiling with a damp stain in lower blank margin and a small hole below text.

Estimate: $475 - $550


Closed on 11/28/2012