THE ASTOR BIBLE

MS 115
MS Short Title THE ASTOR BIBLE
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  1. BIBLE WITH ST. HIERONYMUS PROLOGUES, HEBREW NAMES, AND CALENDAR OF DOMINICAN USE
  2. MISSAL, ABBREVIATED
  3. CICERO: QUOTATIONS
  4. SENECA: QUOTATIONS
  5. MACROBIUS: QUOTATIONS
Description MS in Latin on vellum, probably Paris, France, 2nd half of 13th c., 457 ff. (-20), 14x9 cm, 2 columns, (10x6 cm), 48 lines in a microscopic Gothic book script, many medieval glosses and sidenotes in several still smaller scripts (texts 2 - 4), headings in red, chapter numbers and running titles in alternately red and blue letters, 2-line chapter initials throughout alternately orange-red or dark blue with extensive penwork in blue or red, large decorated initials at the start of every book and prologue in divided red and blue with very extensive penwork in both colours.
Binding Probably Belgium, 19th c., dark blue velvet over earlier or possibly medieval wooden boards, sewn on 6 bands.
Context
Provenance 1. Dominican House of St. Jacques, Paris ; 2. Jean de Meyer (until 1869); 3. Camille Vyt, Ghent 2.11.1869:1; 3. Sotheby's ?.?.?:119; 5. William Waldorf Astor, 1st Viscount Astor, Cliveden (1848-1919), MS.A.11; 6. 2nd Vicount Astor, Cliveden (1919-1966); 7. The Astor deposit at the Bodleian Library, Oxford (1966-1988); 8. Sotheby's 21.6.1988:50.
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Place of origin France
Dates 2nd half 13c AD

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