Five leaves from a Bible, in Latin [England, c.1250-70]
1,500 - 2,000 GBP
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- illuminated manuscript on vellum
5 leaves, 161×106mm, vellum, 2 columns, 45 lines, 108×68mm, each leaf with a four- or five-line initial, two of them with tall ascenders, introducing Numbers, Baruch, a prologue to Ezekiel, Ezekiel, and a prologue to Daniel, in good condition
The prologue to Daniel is numbered between the columns on every fifth line, a uniquely English practice associated primarily with the Oxford friars (see M.A. and R.H. Rouse, Authentic Witnesses, 1991, pp.234-36), in Lamentations the scribe left insufficient spaces for the insertion in red of the names of some of the letters of the Hebrew alphabet and they had to be added in the margins. Perhaps from a fragment of 112 leaves sold in our rooms 23 June 1998, lot 46.