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Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts Collection: Ms. Codex 724 - [Biblia]
Bible. Latin. Vulgate.
[Biblia] [manuscript].
[Arras, France, ca. 1275-1299]
Physical description:
330 leaves : parchment, col. ill. ; 375 x 246 (264 x 154) mm. bound to 400 x 280 mm.
Vulgate Bible, with prologues for several books. Chapter divisions are generally more English or German than Parisian.
Ms. codex.
Title from spine.
Foliation: Parchment, 330; [1-330]; modern foliation in pencil, upper right recto.
Layout: Written in 2 columns of 56-58 lines, with illuminated border on the left edge of one or both columns on most pages.
Script: Written in a Gothic script, appears to be the work of a single scriptorium.
Decoration: Illuminated series of miniatures in a full-page initial at the beginning of Genesis, depicting the 7 days of Creation and the Crucifixion (f. 3v); historiated initials at the beginning of each subsequent book, a few integrated with an illuminated border; ornamented capitals, many with animals or animal faces in gold, rose, blue, red, and other colors on nearly every page; drolleries with animals and grotesques throughout.
Binding: 18th- or 19th-century pigskin with oak boards and the remains of clasps.
Origin: Possibly written and illuminated in Arras, France, in the last quarter of the 13th century.
Generally in good condition. First 3 folios and final folio are badly stained, some other folios show some water damage, a few of the miniatures have been damaged by water or deliberately defaced (for example, f. 156r, 247v).
Cite as:
UPenn Ms. Codex 724.
Manuscript location:
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts University of Pennsylvania Ms. Codex 724
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