HISTORIATED BIBLE

MS 690
MS Short Title HISTORIATED BIBLE
Text PETRUS COMESTOR: HISTORIA SCOLASTICA, OR HISTORIATED BIBLE
Description MS in Middle high German on paper, Monastery Zwettl, Waldviertel, Austria, ca. 1380, 325 ff. (-2), 30x21 cm, 2 columns, (20-21x14-15 cm), 29-33 lines in a current Austrian lettre bâtarde, by 3 scribes, headings in red, several hundred 2-to 3-line initials in red throughout, 1 4-line red initial with brown infill.
Binding Monastery Zwettl, Waldviertel, Austria, ca. 1400, leather over stout beech boards, sewn on 4 thongs, with a chain of twisted iron loops and a ring, 90 cm, fastened at the top of lower cover. As marker between the various chapters are sewn in vellum strips, ca. 1 cm wide, extending outside the foreedge, taken from 2 Austrian documents from 14th c., one from the church in Steinkirch. Context: From the same scriptorium, with the same provenance, and in the same type of chained binding as MS 691.
Context
Provenance 1. Benedictine Monastery Zwettl, Waldviertel, Austria (ca. 1380-17th c.); 2. Johann Jamaigne, Alt-Pöllach, Waldviertel, Austria (17th c.); 3. Piaristen-Kloster, Wien (18th c.); 4. Graf Wilczek, Schloss Kreuzenstein, Austria, No. 5645 (from 19th c.); 5. Gilhofer & Ranschburg, Wien (1989-1990); 6. H. Tenschert cat. 22(1990):18.
Commentary Of the 101 known "Historienbibeln" in German, this is the earliest and the only one from 14th c.
Published
Exhibited 1. Conference of European National Librarians, Oslo. Sept. 1994. 2. University of Oslo. Domus Bibliotheca, 6-15 May 1996: European medieval manuscripts from The Schøyen Collection.
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Place of origin Austria
Dates ca 1380

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