Glossed Gospels of St. John, c.1210-20


Christ reveals himself as risen


Recto:  Text written in black ink in three sizes on red-ruled parchment.  The text is in a very early gothic bookhand.  Decorated throughout with red and blue capitals with contrasting penwork and flourished paragraph-marks around every marginal gloss alternating in red and blue.


Verso:  As Recto with chapter number 21 in blue and red in left margin.


Origin: Paris, France.


Date:  c.1210-20


Content:  The text on Recto begins partway through verse 18, Chapter 20 of the Gospel of St. John and continues to the end of verse 26.  The red initial ‘C’ in the second line begins verse 19: Cum ergo sero esset die illo, una sabatorum, et fores essent clausae, ubi erant discupuli congregati propter metum Iudaeorum: venit Iesus, et stetit in medio et dixit eis: Pax vobis. (Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them: Peace be unto you.)


Condition:  The leaf has old repairs to water damage in the top margin and remains fragile in that area.  There is a natural hole in the parchment that the scribe has written around. However the gloss and text, apart from the first word - discipulis - is all legible and the coloured capitals remain bright.      

The leaf is unconditionally guaranteed genuine. 


Size:  Size of leaf: approx. 360x224 mm.  Text & gloss area: approx. 220x130 mm. Presented in a museum quality mat and backing.  


Notes:  This is a professionally written French manuscript of one of the greatest university texts, and was doubtless made in Paris in the very early 13th century.  The manuscript closely resembles the glossed biblical books given to St-Victor Abbey in Paris by Peter of Chateaurroux (fl.1246)

The Gloss on St. John was the work of Anslem of Laon (died 1117).  It consists of a section of quotations from recognised authorities such as Jerome, Augustine, Gregory and others, arranged around the Bible text so that the reader can consult both Bible and commentary at once.

Item No:  MBI022

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