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Vulgate Bible; in Latin, decorated manuscript on parchment

Vulgate Bible; in Latin, decorated manuscript on parchment

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Vulgate Bible; in Latin, decorated manuscript on parchment

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RARE THIRTEENTH-CENTURY PORTABLE BIBLE FROM SPAIN. In Latin, decorated manuscript on parchment, Spain, Kingdom of Castille (Seville?), c. 1240-1260. Dimensions 172 x 123 mm., 328 folios, prickings remain, copied by at least three scribes in gothic bookhands, NUMEROUS VERY FINE PEN INITIALS in red or blue with pen decoration in opposite color, violet also used, extending into margin, often with touches of green or very pale-yellow wash, parted red and blue initials with pen decoration of the same type. BINDING: bound in 15th-century brown leather over beveled wooden boards (possibly re-using original boards?) with rounded edges, cut flush with the bookblock, tooled in blind. TEXT: small, portable Bibles that include the complete text of the Old and New Testaments are one of the great innovations of the thirteenth century. Bibles of this type from Spain are much less common than those from France, England, or Italy. PROVENANCE: written in Spain in the middle of the thirteenth century, c. 1240-1260; the table of readings for the Mass on f. 2, is contemporary with the Bible and follows Franciscan use; ownership note on f. 328v, dated 1475, suggests this book was then owned by Dominican friars, possibly in Italy (Urbino?); later belonged to John S. Doney; extensive notes by Doney inside manuscript; belonged to Charles V. Wheeler of Washington, D. C.; sold by Walpole Galleries, July 29, 1919, lot 594; belonged to Coella Lindsay Ricketts (1859-1941), calligrapher and illuminator, of Chicago; belonged to Otto Orren Fisher (d. 1961?). CONDITION: missing a quire after f. 68v, one leaf after f. 289v, and four leaves and a quire after f. 310v, else complete, overall in very good condition, bottom half of the final leaf cut away (no loss of text), several small holes in back and front covers, slight cracking along front hinge, but in very good, serviceable condition. Full description and images available. (TM 844)


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Vulgate Bible; in Latin, decorated manuscript on parchment
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Spain, Kingdom of Castille (Seville?), c. 1240-1260
bible, portable bible, medieval binding, very good condition, good condition, medieval bible, 13th century bible, Spanish bible, Spain, Castille, Kingdom of Castille, Seville, 13th century, thirteenth century, thirteenth century bible, decorated manuscrip
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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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