c 1250-75 Bible Leaf - Jeremiah miniature


Original leaf from a medieval manuscript pocket Bible. Latin gothic micro-minuscule script, hand-written in brown ink, on animal vellum. (160 x 110 mm - 6.4 x 4.4").

Rubricated chapter numbers, initials and marginalia in red and blue. 59 lines of text in double columns (14 lines per inch!).                        

Italy, (Probably Bologna), c. AD 1250-75.

Four large initials alternating in blue with red penwork and red with blue penwork & extending into the margins.

One seven-line illuminated initial containing a miniature of Jeremiah and the boiling cauldron.

The third line begins text from Isaiah 65:13 – Isaiah 66:24: ''Propter hoc…'' (Therefore thus saith the Lord God: Behold my servants shall eat……).

The historiated initial opens Jeremiah 1:1-18: ''Verba hieremiae…'' (The words of Jeremiah the son of Helcias…).

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.

Presented in an archival 14x11'' mat.

  • Inventory# IM-4346