Medieval "Pocket Bible" leaf, c. 1260, Paris


  The Book of Jeremiah

  Medieval “Pocket Bible” leaf, c. 1260, Paris

Verso:   Ruled in red with text written on fine vellum in Latin in an extraordinarily precise gothic minuscule script in two columns of 43 lines. The text is written in remarkably tiny and well formed letters, so small that there are four lines of text to the centimetre, or eleven lines to the inch.  Illuminated chapter number XXXII in red and blue as well as a Lombard style Initial ‘V’ in blue with extensive red penwork beginning Chapter 32.  Versal initials touched in red.


Recto:   As Verso.


Origin:  Northern France, probably Paris.


Date:  c. 1260


Content:  The leaf contains sections of Chapters 31 and 32 of The Book of Jeremiah.  The illuminated initial ‘V’ begins chapter 32:  Verbum quod factum est ad Jeremiam a Domino, in anno decimo Sedeciae, regis Iuda, ipse est annus decimus octavus Nabuchodonosor.  (The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord in the tenth year of Zedekiah king of Judah, which was the eighteenth year of Nebuchadnezzar).


Condition:  This leaf is in overall good condition, particularly considering its age of over 750 years.  The vellum has darkened and there is surface dirt, but the text is clear with no ink loss.  The top margin has been trimmed, perhaps at the time of a later re-binding.  The leaf is unconditionally guaranteed genuine.


Notes:   The production of small format bibles flourished in Paris in the 13th century. Written on extremely thin parchment in an extraordinarily tiny script, these codices were highly portable and were known as “pocket bibles”.  The parent book of this leaf was a high quality bible of the Crusades period, used in the study of theology or preaching of the Gospel around the medieval countryside.


Size:  Size of leaf: approx. 160x105 mm.  Text area : approx.  120x80 mm.  Presented in archival materials, ready to frame.  Please note that postage is invoiced separately. Within Australia: $22.50.  Overseas: ask for quote.


Item No:  MBI035

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