(France, 13th century). Some slight variations due to trimming, but generally about 160 x 110 mm. ( 6 3/8 x 4 1/4"). Double column, 48 lines in a very pleasing gothic pearl script.

Rubrics in red, running titles and chapter numbers in red and blue, each leaf with a few three-line initials in red or blue with contrasting penwork and AT LEAST ONE AND OFTEN TWO MULTI-LINE PUZZLE INITIALS in red and blue with very neat penwork decoration in the same colors. With the occasional negligible smudge or stain and some patches of faded text (sometimes affecting legibility), but VERY CLEAN AND IN EXCELLENT OVERALL CONDITION, THE INITIALS CONSISTENTLY VERY WELL PRESERVED.

All apparently from the same Bible, these fine leaves come from a manuscript that was squarely between modest and grand. It is not grand because there is no gold, but it is clearly more than modest because the bright blue and red of the so-called "divided" or "puzzle" initials (the two colors fitting together like puzzle pieces) provide a conspicuous announcement that a book or prologue is beginning.
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BIBLE LEAVES IN LATIN, EACH CONTAINING PROMINENT INITIALS MARKING THE OPENING OF A. BOOK OR OFFERED INDIVIDUALLY, TWO BOOKS, IN SOME CASES.

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