(France, mid-13th century). 152 x 102 mm. (6 x 4"). Double column, 51 lines in a very fine gothic pearl script.

Rubrics in red, capitals struck with red, headlines and chapter numbers in red and blue, the latter with trailing penwork in both colors, A SIX-LINE HISTORIATED INITIAL in blue, pink, red, and burnished gold, SHOWING KING SOLOMON PRESENTING HIS PROVERBS TO A TONSURED MAN, this initial with a descender extending the length of the text and terminating in a dragon whose curling tail spans the width of the column; the same column with a bar border inhabited by a similar dragon extending half the length of the column. One small marginal smudge, otherwise A FINE LEAF--smooth and clean with charming decoration, intact paint, and shining gold.

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