[Biblia] [manuscript].

[Arras, France, ca. 1275-1299]
330 leaves : parchment, col. ill. ; 375 x 246 (264 x 154) mm. bound to 400 x 280 mm.

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Standardized Title:
Bible. Latin. Vulgate.
Illumination of books and manuscripts -- France -- Specimens.
Illuminated manuscripts.
Manuscripts, Latin -- 13th century.
Manuscripts, Medieval.
Vulgate Bible, with prologues for several books. Chapter divisions are generally more English or German than Parisian.
Ms. codex.
Title from spine.
Foliation: Parchment, 330; [1-330]; modern foliation in pencil, upper right recto.
Layout: Written in 2 columns of 56-58 lines, with illuminated border on the left edge of one or both columns on most pages.
Script: Written in a Gothic script, appears to be the work of a single scriptorium.
Decoration: Illuminated series of miniatures in a full-page initial at the beginning of Genesis, depicting the 7 days of Creation and the Crucifixion (f. 3v); historiated initials at the beginning of each subsequent book, a few integrated with an illuminated border; ornamented capitals, many with animals or animal faces in gold, rose, blue, red, and other colors on nearly every page; drolleries with animals and grotesques throughout.
Binding: 18th- or 19th-century pigskin with oak boards and the remains of clasps.
Origin: Possibly written and illuminated in Arras, France, in the last quarter of the 13th century.
Generally in good condition. First 3 folios and final folio are badly stained, some other folios show some water damage, a few of the miniatures have been damaged by water or deliberately defaced (for example, f. 156r, 247v).
Penn Provenance:
Presented by Catherine and Thomas Coleman (1598-1647; f. 151r, 250r, 259r) to Ellis Fitzpatrick (f. 250r, 329r); William Farrell (f. 329r); T. Edward Ross (bookplate inside front cover).
Gift of T. Edward Ross, 1947.
Cited in:
Described in Zacour, Norman P. and Hirsch, Rudolf. Catalogue of Manuscripts in the Libraries of the University of Pennsylvania to 1800 (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1965), p. 5 (Ms. Latin 20).
Listed in A Catalogue of the T. Edward Ross Collection of Bibles Presented to the University of Pennsylvania Library (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Library, 1947), p. 19.
Cited as:
UPenn Ms. Codex 724.
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