c 1250-75 Bible Leaf - England - I Maccabees


Original leaf from a medieval manuscript pocket Bible. Written in Latin in minute gothic book-hand script, in brown ink on animal vellum. (195 x 140mm – 7.75 x 5.5’’)

Rubricated chapter numbers, initials and marginalia in red and blue. 44 lines of text in double columns (12 lines per inch!).  Marginal and interlineal corrections!

Two multi-lined illuminated initials in blue with red penwork & extending into the margins.

England (Oxford?), c. 1250-75.

Line one begins I Maccabees 13:34 – 15:3: “Quia actus omnes…” (For all that Tryphon did was to spoil.  And king Demetrius in answer to this request, wrote a letter in this manner…The golden crown and the palm, which you sent, we have received: and we are ready to make a firm peace with you…In the year one hundred and seventy-two, king Demetrius assembled his army, and went into Media to get him succors to fight against Tryphon…And he went and defeated the army of Demetrius…and all the land of Juda was at rest all the days of Simon…And the people seeing the acts of Simon, and to what glory he meant to bring his nation, made him their prince, and high priest…).

Bold calligraphy, nice condition. Running title partially cropped during rebinding.

Presented in an archival 14 x 11'' mat

  • Inventory# IM-12850
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