A Leaf From the Book of Job – 13th Century – Vellum
A Very Rare Leaf From a Monumental Manuscript Bible
Of Great Influence to Gutenberg – Two Centuries Later
Manuscript Leaf, 13th Century. A VERY RARE THIRTEENTH CENTURY LEAF OF MANUSCRIPT, FROM THE BOOK OF JOB, on vellum. (Manuscript: Handwritten, 13th century) The vellum leaf, from a 13th century copy of the Bible, is from a Monumental Bible of the period, a Bible of extremely large size. Written in double columns of 26 lines in black, red and blue, headlines in blue and red, illuminated with one very large initial in blue and red and richly embellished in bright gold and over 13 lines in height, on the verso is a second large initial, being 9 lines tall also in blue, red and gold. 18 1/2" x 13" inches, period manuscript on vellum. Written on the Recto and Verso of a single leaf. A beautifully preserved example.
AN EXTREMELY RARE AND DESIRABLE LEAF FROM A THIRTEENTH CENTURY MANUSCRIPT BIBLE. This is a very rare form for the Bible and it is a direct predecessor to the Gutenberg Bible and was one of the Bibles which Gutenberg studied in order to design his Bible and to form and develop his own fonts for use in printing his great printed Bible which was issued in Mainz some two centuries later.
Leaves of this size and age and beauty are of great rarity.