Early English Bible of Monastic Provenance
Type: Leaves & Fragments
Early English Bible of Monastic Provenance. Single folio on vellum. England, ca. 1220: 278 mm x 202 mm (justification, 194 mm x 113 mm). Double column, 60 lines. Ruled in plummet. Foliated 194 in modern pencil. An usual artifact of production remains in the inner margins, where each prick hole made for the ruling is visible. These even show corrections. Decoration: Alternating red and blue capitals in chapter numbers and running heads. The chapter numbers appear to have been added, as other folios have indications of older capitulaText: Ezekiel 42.3-45.23. Provenance: Possibly from the Francisan convent of Waterbeach near Cambridge, afterwards owned by Thomas Lever (d. 1577), Master of St. John’s College, Cambridge, and apparently sold on 29 May 1786 by Sotheby’s. From the collection of Cleveland dealer Otto F. Ege; see S. Gwara, Otto Ege’s Manuscripts (Cayce, SC, 2013), Handlist 6. Condition: excellent; one natural vellum flaw in lower margin, and one thin area with a small hole.