SEMI-QUADRATA BIBLE

MS 223
MS Short Title SEMI-QUADRATA BIBLE
Text BIBLE WITH ST. HIERONYMUS PROLOGUES AND HEBREW NAMES
Description MS in Latin on vellum, Belgium or Northern France?, early 14th c., 102 ff. (- ca. 380), 41x27 cm, 2 columns, (29x19 cm), 50 lines in a formal Gothic book script of medium grade, headings in red, running-titles and chapter numbers in blue and red, 230 illuminated initials, 222 bar borders with sprays ending in ivy leaf motifs in pink, blue and orange with white highlighting and gold decoration, 2 historiated initials, 5 11- to 12-line miniatures in pink on blue ground or blue on pink ground within a gold border.
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Context 210 ff. from the same MS: Otto Ege, Cleveland, Ohio: 50 Original Leaves from Medieval Manuscripts ca. 1950, no. 33 (Christie's 26.6.1997:16), leaf 14; Sotheby's 11.12.1984:39, to Maggs. Maggs Eur. Bull. 13(1986):52, and Cat. 1059:41-49; Sotheby's 25.4.1983:83; Sotheby's New York 9.4.1980:227; Kenneth Rendell, Newton, Mass Cat. 146(1979):67; Ferrini Cat. 1(1987):25-27.
Provenance 1. Mirmellus Arnandi, lawyer and judge (until 1450); 2. Dominican Convent (from 1450); 3. Otto F. Ege, Cleveland, Ohio, M.49 (-1951(?)); 4. Sotheby's 11.12.1984:39; 5. 24 ff.: Bruce Ferrini, Akron, Ohio; 2 ff.: Sam Fogg, London; 14 ff.: Maggs Bros., London; 48 ff.: David S. Woluch, Akron, Ohio; 1 f.: Christie's 16.12.1991:2; 4 ff.: Sotheby's 22.6.1993:19; 1f.: Paul Hartcourt, London; 1f.: Maggs, London,; 1f.: Maggs, London; 2 ff.: Sotheby's 1.12.1998:13; 4 ff.: Maggs, London.
Commentary The historiated initials has been compared with that of the artist of the Bodleian Library, MS Rawlinson Q.b.6. In the 3rd grade of Gothic book script. (Latin: Littera minuscula gothica textualis semiquadrata formata.) Some feet of the minims end like spearheads, others are just rounded off. It was a tragedy in art history that this grand and rare lectern Bible was broken up by speculators. It has been restored towards its former greatness as far as possible. Anathema on whoever dare to break it up again!
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Place of origin Belgium or Northern France - ?
Dates early 14c AD

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