Fragment of a leaf from a Romanesque Giant Bible, in Latin [France, mid-12th century]
400 - 600 GBP
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- ink on vellum
fragment, c.160x225mm including folded-over edges, c.130x180mm clearly visible, vellum, including Joshua 15:20-33, used to cover the binding of Collectio auctorum latinorum …, Lyon, 1819, worn
Despite its condition, this is a sample of extremely attractive script from what must have been a very grand and elegant lectern Bible written in two columns, with minims c.6mm tall. The ampersand and tironian symbol are used interchangeably for ‘et’, and there is no ‘biting’ of letters.