SAN SALVATORE A SETTIMO GIANT BIBLE

MS 2857
MS Short Title SAN SALVATORE A SETTIMO GIANT BIBLE
Text
  1. BIBLE: JOEL 2:5 - END
  2. BIBLE: AMOS 6:11 - END, AND PROLOGUE
  3. BIBLE: PROLOGUE TO OBADIAH, OPENING
Description MS in Latin on vellum, Toscana, Italy, 2nd quarter of 12th c., 2 ff., 54x37 cm, 2 columns, (38x24 cm), 50 lines in a large rounded Romanesque book script, opening and closing words of each book and headings in uncials, headings in red, a 6-lines decorated initial in bright yellow turning into planstems, an 11-lines initial in red decorative panels surrounded by bright yellow threaded through with scrolling plantstems, both heightened with wash in brown and khaki on a blue and purple ground.
Context Possibly by the same scribe as 2 MSS from San Salvatore, now Roma: Bibl.Naz., Sessor. cod. 5 and 6.
Provenance 1. Cistercian Monastery of San Salvatore a Settimo, near Firenze (until 16th c.); 2. Italian archive (1570); 3. Sotheby's 22.6.1999:7. 4. De-accessioned Sotheby's 10.7.2012:47.
Commentary From a giant Bible used for display and textreading. The monastery of San Salvatore a Settimo eventually became the most influential Cistercian house in Tuscany, with an important library that was dispersed during the 16th c.
Exhibited Comité International de Palaéographie Latin (CIPL) at Senate House, University of London, 3 September 2008.
Place of origin Italy
Dates 2nd quarter 12c AD

Location