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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.
Sold in the collection of Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex (armorial bookplate inside upper cover, with shelfmark VI. H. b. 3) at auction by Evans (London) to Pickering, 31 July 1844.
Appears in Bernard Quaritch's catalog 328 (Jan. 1914), no. 556.
Sold at auction at Sotheby's, 3 July 1933, lot 227; purchased by C. W. S. Dixon (Newport, Shropshire).
Sold by McLeish (London) to Charles E. Roseman, Jr. (Cleveland Heights, Ohio), 1933.
Sold by Les Enluminures (Paris and Chicago), 2007.
Related names:
Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex, 1773-1843, former owner.
Dixon, C. W. S., former owner.
Roseman, Charles E., former owner.
Illumination of books and manuscripts - Specimens.
Form / Genre:
Illuminated manuscripts.
Manuscripts, Medieval.
Manuscripts, Latin - 13th century.
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.
Indexed / Referenced in:
Listed in De Ricci, Seymour, Census of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts in the United States and Canada, vol. 2, p. 1959, no. 1.
Cite as:
UPenn Ms. Codex 1065.
Manuscript location:
Rare Book & Manuscript Library University of Pennsylvania Ms. Codex 1065

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Collection: Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts
Facsimile: Yes
Illuminated: Yes
Illustrated: Yes
Notated: No
Language: Latin
Century: 13th century
Date: 1240
Genre: Annotations
Genre: Bible
Genre: Codices
Genre: Illuminated manuscripts
Genre: Manuscripts, Latin - 13th century
Subject: Illumination of books and manuscripts
Related names: Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex, 1773-1843, former owner
Related names: Dixon, C. W. S., former owner
Related names: Roseman, Charles E., former owner
Page material: Parchment