Tiny Bible leaf, c. 1250, extensive illuminations.


Tiny Bible leaf with “pearl script” & extensive illuminations, c. 1250, Paris


Recto:   Ruled in red with text written in two columns in black ink on very fine vellum in Latin in a precise gothic minuscule script known as pearl script. The script is written in remarkably tiny and well formed letters, so small that there are six lines of text to the centimetre, or fourteen lines to the inch. Six Lombard style illuminated initials mark the beginning of stanzas, alternating in red and blue with extensive contrasting penwork reaching into the top and bottom margins.  Versal initials touched in red.


Verso:   As Recto with further illuminated initials.


Origin:  Paris, France.


Date:  c. 1250


Content:  The leaf contains a large portion of the longest psalm in the Bible, Psalm 118 (KJV 119).  The text at the top of Recto begins part way through Verse 74: …te videbunt me et laetabuntur quia in verba tua supersperavi.  Cognovi Domine quia aequitas iudicia tua et veritate humiliasti me.  Fiat misericordia tua ut consoletur me secundum eloquium tuum servo tuo.  Veniant mihi miserationes tuae et vivam quia lex tua meditatio mea est.  (They that fear thee shall see me, and shall be glad : because I have greatly hoped in thy words.  I know, O Lord, that thy judgments are equity: and in thy truth thou hast humbled me. O! let thy mercy be for my comfort, according to thy word unto thy servant.  Let thy tender mercies come unto me, and I shall live: for thy law is my meditation.

The psalm continues to its conclusion on Verso and is followed by the beginning of Psalm 119 (KJV 120).


Condition:  This leaf is in fine/excellent condition having clear text with no ink loss, supple, bright vellum and richly coloured illuminations..  The leaf is unconditionally guaranteed genuine.


Notes:  Psalm 119 (Vulgate numbering: Psalm 118) is the longest psalm as well as the longest chapter in the Bible.  This psalm is one of about a dozen alphabetic acrostic poems in the Bible. Its 176 verses are divided into twenty-two stanzas, one stanza for each letter of the Hebrew alphabet; within each stanza, each of the eight verses begins (in Hebrew) with that letter..



Size:  Size of leaf: approx. 150x100 mm.  Text and illuminated area : approx. 150x65 mm.  Please note that postage is invoiced separately: Australia $20.  Overseas: ask for quote. 


Item No:  MBI031

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