c 1240 Bible Leaf - De Brailes - Miniature of Prophet Joel


Original leaf from an English manuscript pocket Bible. From a Bible illuminated in the workshop of William de Brailes - one of the few 13th -century English illuminators known by name! (De Brailes maintained an active workshop at Oxford c. 1238-52.  He was the illuminator of the Oxford Bible).

Written in Latin gothic script, in brown ink on animal vellum. (185 x 135 mm - 7.4 x 5.4") 

Rubricated chapter numbers, initials and marginalia in red and blue. 54 lines of text in double columns (10 lines per inch!).  For sister leaf see Blackburn Collection, Cleveland Museum of Art, pl. 4.

England: Oxford, c. 1240 A.D.

One 6-line historiated initial of the Prophet Joel, preaching; it extends into the margin and towards the top of the leaf. One two-line initial in red with extensive blue pen-work, extending along the length of the margin.

The illuminated initial ''V'' begins Joel 1:1 – 3:14: ''Verbum Domini…'' (The word of the Lord that came to Joel the son of Phatuel…).

This leaf, from a ''portable'' Bible during the period of the Crusades, would have been used in the abstract study of theology or the preaching of the Gospel around the medieval countryside.

Shipped in archival 14x11'' mat.


  • Inventory# IM-3217
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