Handsome Italian Folio Bible
Type: Leaves & Fragments
Handsome Folio Bible from Italy. Two folios on vellum. Italy, then France (doubtless Paris) for illumination, ca. 1275: 236 mm x 171 mm (justification, 154 mm x 104 mm). Double column, 48 lines. Foliated 101, altered to 103; 130 (altered). A Middle English term in the lower recto of leaf 1 seems to read “io[u]adaþ,” written below a faint plummet inscription, “ioda.” Text: Leaf 1, 2 Sm 12.18 ad eum … 14.11 Que; Leaf 2, 2 Sm 1.5 nos … 3.25 fictilis. Decoration: Leaf 1, two four-line initials, one red the other blue, with contrasting penwork; alternating red and blue initials for chapter numbers and running heads; versal initials tipped in red. Leaf 2, two four-line initials, one red the other blue, with contrasting penwork; alternating red and blue initials for running heads; versal initials tipped in red. One curious feature of this manuscript is known from other leaves—it was produced in Italy but decorated in a Parisian workshop. Provenance: from the collection of Sir James Lacaita (d. 1895), inherited by his son, Charles (d. 1933); later in the collection of Otto F. Ege (see S. Gwara, Otto Ege’s Manuscripts (Cayce, SC, 2013), Handlist 19).