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Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts Collection: Ms. Codex 1065 - [Bible]    Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts Collection: Ms. Codex 1065 - [Bible]
Bible. Latin. Vulgate.
[Bible] [manuscript].
[England?, between 1240 and 1250]
Physical description:
356 leaves : parchment ; 178 x 117 (130 x 84) mm.
Manuscript Bible with most of the prologues typical of a Paris Bible, but with the Interpretationes Hebraicorum nominum following Psalms and with punctuation suggesting English origin. Lacking the first leaf of the New Testament (containing Jerome's prologue to the New Testament and Matthew, before f. 285). Annotated with references to works of Albertus Magnus, the glossa ordinaria, and the Sentences of Peter Lombard, in a number of hands from the 13th through 15th centuries, likely by Dominican owners or readers.
Ms. gatherings.
Title supplied by cataloger.
Collation: Parchment, 356; 1-13¹² 14¹⁶ 15¹⁰ 16¹² 17² 18¹² 19¹⁰ 20-24¹² 25⁶ 26¹¹(12-1) 27-30¹² 31¹³(12+1); catchwords on some quires; modern pencil foliation, upper right recto.
Layout: Written in 2 columns of 57-62 lines, except for the Interpretationes, which is written in 3 columns of 66-67 lines; frame-ruled in lead.
Script: Written in a Gothic book hand.
Decoration: Approximately 77 painted initials, many with mythical and other creatures and marginal extensions, by the Gautier Lebaude Atelier or similar to the work of that workshop; opening initial of Genesis the full height of the page but damaged and repaired (f. 3v); first leaf of the New Testament (first leaf of gathering 26, before f. 285) probably had similar ornamentation but is now missing; sparse rubrication; running titles and marginal chapter numbers in alternately red and blue letters; 1-line initials alternately in red and blue in the Psalms and Interpretationes, and irregularly elsewhere. Later additions include pointing hands, faces, and sketches of the Crucifixion (f. 251r) and Christ pointing (f. 306r).
Binding: Pulled from an early 19th-century vellum binding, with gilt tooling and spine title Biblia sacra manuscripta.
Origin: Probably written in England, between 1240 and 1250.
Cite as:
UPenn Ms. Codex 1065.
Manuscript location:
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts University of Pennsylvania Ms. Codex 1065
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