BIBLE, with prologues, in Latin, decorated manuscript on paper, Utrecht, 1463.
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BIBLE, with prologues, in Latin, decorated manuscript on paper, Utrecht, 1463.

A product of the scriptorium of Utrecht’s Mariakerk, this Bible exemplifies the lively Dutch style of manuscript decoration in the 15th century.

283 x 205mm. ii + 349 + ii, modern pencil foliation 1-327 followed here, 39-47 lines, ruled space: 210 x 150mm, running titles in red, decorated and flourished initials in red, blue and green opening books and prologues, capitals in red and blue throughout (originally the second of two volumes, lacking at least one gathering and four leaves, waterstaining at vertical margin beginning to touch the text from c.f.293, single insect hole from f.246-end). 18th-century boards (rebacked and restored).

Provenance: (1) St Mary’s Church, Utrecht: Written in 1463 at the Mariakerk – one of the five collegiate churches of Utrecht, known throughout the Middle Ages for its architectural grandeur – by a scribe who identifies himself as ‘Iohannis de Tremonia’ in the colophon to the Old Testament on f.221v. (2) Reverend John Cohen Jackson (c. 1827-95, schoolmaster and antiquarian book collector; his ownership inscription on f.iii). (3) M.H. Bloxam, by whom given to Rugby School Library; ownership inscription dated 1857 on f.iii; and gift inscription dated 12 May 1883 on f.xxiv.
(4) Bookplate of Arnold Library; Rugby school on f.iii.

Content: Blanks, ff.iii-xxiv; Psalms (opening imperfectly, lacking at least one gathering before f.1), ff.1-3v; Prologue to Proverbs, ff.3v-4; Proverbs, ff.4-16; Prologue to Ecclesiastes, ff.16-16v; Ecclesiastes (ending imperfectly, lacking a leaf after f.19), ff.16v-19; Song of Solomon (opening imperfectly), ff.20-22; Prologue to Wisdom, f.22; Wisdom (ending imperfectly, lacking a leaf after f.29 with the Prologue for Ecclesiasticus), ff.22-29; Ecclesiasticus (ending imperfectly, lacking a leaf after f.52), ff.30-52v; Isaiah, ff.53-81v; Prologue to Jeremiah, f.81v; Jeremiah, ff.82-113v; Lamentations, ff.114-116v; Baruch, ff. 116-120v; Prologue to Ezekiel, f.120v; Ezekiel, f.121-150v; Prologue to Daniel, ff.150v-151v; Daniel, ff.151v-163v; Prologue to Minor Prophets, ff.163v-164; Minor Prophets, ff.164-191; Maccabees (lacking a leaf after f.209), ff.191-221v; Gospels, ff.222-266v; Pauline Epistles, ff.267-298; Catholic Epistles, ff.299-305; Prologue to Acts, f.305; Acts, ff.305-320; Apocalypse, ff.320-327.
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