Early English Luxury Bible in “Square Format”
Type: Leaves & Fragments
Early English Luxury Bible in “Square Format.” Single folio on vellum. England, doubtless Oxford at this date, ca. 1240: 263 mm x 191 mm (justification, 195 mm x 133 mm). Double column, 54 lines. A curious “square” format typical of English bibles at this date. Unprecedented are the illuminated pilcrows of extreme precision. Decoration: alternatively red and blue two-line initials with contrasting penwork; chapter numbers in blue and red with gold pilcrows of delicate and impressive execution; running heads in alternating red and blue initials. Text: 1 Macc. 4-6. Provenance: completely unknown, not recorded in the Schoenberg Database and possibly from an old American collection. Condition: one slight offset and smudge on the verso, else fine; gauffered edges.