January 26th Rare Autograph & Book Auction
Search By:
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 1/26/2023


A lovely original leaf from a medieval manuscript pocket Bible, written in Northern France (probably Paris), c. 1260. In Latin gothic micro-minuscule script, ruled in red and written in brown ink in two columns of 43 lines on animal vellum. Rubricated: chapter numbers, TWO multi-lined illuminated Lombard style initials & elegant marginal pen-work in red & blue. The calligraphy is excellent, and the vellum is of the finest quality, extremely thin and smooth. The gothic text is written in remarkably tiny & very well-formed letters, so small that there are ten lines of text to the inch!

This leaf contains text from Ezekiel 24:8 - 26:20 (PARABLE OF A BOILING POT; PROPHECY AGAINST THOSE WITH MALICE TOWARDS THE ISRAELITES; PROPHECY OF THE DESTRUCTION OF TYRE) "Dedi sanguinen..." (I have shed her blood upon the smooth rock, that it should not be covered. Therefore thus saith the Lord God: Woe to the bloody city, of which I will make a great bonfire... Thus saith the Lord God: Behold I will bring against Tyre Nabuchodonosor king of Babylon, the king of kings. From the north with horses & chariots, and horsemen, and companies, and much people...).

Provenance: The parent book was a "portable" Bible of the Crusades period, used in the study of theology for the preaching of the Gospel around the medieval countryside. It was in England by the 17th century; ex-collection of Lord Saltoun and later in the famous collection of William Foyle (1885-1963) at Beeligh Abbey. The Bible that contained this leaf was a very high-quality production, illuminated n Paris and similar to the accomplished work associated by Branner with the Dominican Painter see Robert Branner, Manuscript Painting in Paris during the Reign of Saint Louis).

With One of a Kind Collectibles LOA.

Medieval Bible Leaf, Northern France, c. 1260Medieval Bible Leaf, Northern France, c. 1260
Medieval Bible Leaf, Northern France, c. 1260
Click above for larger image.
Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $100.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $338.25
Number Bids: 6
Auction closed on Thursday, January 26, 2023.

Auction Notepad


You may add/edit a note for this item or view the notepad:  

Submit    Delete     View all notepad items