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Italian Pocket Bible

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Italian Pocket Bible from the Book of Sirach. Decorative Pocket Bible, ca. 1260. Single folio on vellum. Italy, ca. 1260: 187 mm x 126 mm (justification, 121 mm x 80 mm). Double column, 41 lines. Foliated 75 in modern pencil in the lower right-hand corner. Decoration: four two-line initials in red and blue with contrasting penwork terminating in swags or fireworks; multiple one-line initials alternating red and blue; running heads in alternating red and blue initials. Texts: Sirach 10.9 superbis … 12.19 pla<udebit>Provenance: from a fragmentary volume of a bible sold at Sotheby’s on 6 December 2001 lot 57. Condition: very lightly toned on the edges, otherwise excellent.

Price: $225

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