c 1247 Bible Leaf - Whale in margin - Acts


Original leaf from a medieval manuscript folio Bible with illuminations from the Johannes Grusch WorkshopLatin gothic script, hand-written in brown ink, on animal vellum. Rubricated chapter numbers, initials & marginalia in red and blue. 50 lines of text in double columns. (290 x 190 mm - 11.6 x 7.6") 

Two multi-lined illuminated initials alternating in deep blue and red with delicate red and blue penwork & extending along the length of the outer margins. Whale in upper margin (verso)!                                               

France: Paris, c. 1247.  Formerly owned by the Abbey of St. Genevieve in Paris. 

The large size of the page is unusual in 13th century Bible production! The book from which this leaf came was a very high-quality production, scribed in the Johannes Grusch Workshop in Paris. The calligraphy is excellent, and the vellum is of the finest style.

This leaf contains Acts 18:14 - 20:8: “Si quidem esset'' (If it were some matter of injustice, or an heinous deed, O Jews, I should with reason bear with you. But if they be questions of word and names, and of your law, look you to it:  I will not be judge of such things...When Paul had imposed his hands on them, the Holy Ghost came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied...And God wrought by the hand of Paul more than common miracles...).

Presented in an archival 16x12'' mat

  • Inventory# IM-11135