Zoomorphic initial of dragon/serpent. c. 1260 Bible leaf.

$1,725.00

                                                               Bible leaf, c. 1260

                        Zoomorphic initial of dragon/serpent.   Distinguished calligraphy

                             

Verso:   Ruled in red with text written in black & red ink on high quality vellum in Latin in a precise, elegant  gothic script in two columns of 48 lines.  The skill of the calligrapher is apparent in the clarity of the script and the near perfect justification of the two columns. Versal initials touched in red. Heading ‘ES’ and chapter number in red and blue.  One four-line initial ‘F’ in red with blue pen flourishes. Beginning the Book of Esdras II is a superb seven-line initial ‘V’ which encloses a dragon-headed serpent. The multi coloured initial has touches of burnished gold and an extension into the side margin.

 

Recto:   As Verso with a heading ‘DRE 1’ and chapter number in red and blue and a two-line initial ‘E’ in red with red pen flourishes.

 

Origin:  Paris, France.

 

Date:  c. 1260.

 

Content:  The text on Verso is the end of Esdras I before the historiated initial ‘V’ begins the Book of Esdras II:  Verba Neemiae filii Echliae.  Et factum est in mense casleu anno vicesimo et ego eram in susis castro et venit anani unus de fratibus meis ipse et viri ex iuda, et interrogavi eos de iudaeis qui remanserant et supererant de captivitate et de hierusalem.

(The words of Nehemiah the son of Hacaliah.  And it came to pass in the month of Chislev in the twentieth year as I was in the castle of Susa, that Hanani, one of my brethren, came, he and some men of Judah, and I asked them concerning the Jews that remained and were left of the captivity and concerning Jerusalem.)

 

Condition:  This 750 year old leaf is in remarkably fine condition.  The exacting script shows no ink loss and the vellum remains supple and unblemished.  The colours of the historiated initial are vibrant and the burnished gold highlights lustrous. The leaf is unconditionally guaranteed genuine.

 

Notes:  The Book of 2 Esdras, also called Ezra, is traditionally ascribed to Ezra, a scribe and priest of the 5th century BCE, although modern scholarship places its composition between 70 and 218 CE.  It is considered among the apocrypha by Roman Catholics, Protestants and most Eastern Orthodox Christians.

 

Size:  Size of leaf: approx. 235x170 mm.  Text including heading & penwork: approx. 190x115 mm.

Presented in a museum quality mat, ready to frame. Free postage world-wide.

 

Item No:  MBI033


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