TEXT FROM THE FIRST EPISTLE OF JOHN.

(France, mid-13th century). 150 x 103 mm. (6 x 4"). Double column, 50 lines of text in a very fine gothic pearl script.

Attractively matted. Rubrics in red, capitals struck with red, headings and chapter numbers in red or blue, four two-line initials in red or blue, with trailing penwork extensions in red and blue, and A FOUR-LINE HISTORIATED "Q" IN COLORS AND GOLD CONTAINING A DEPICTION OF SAINT JOHN WRITING, the initial with a 19-line extension. With (partially trimmed) marginal emendations in a very small contemporary hand. A little soiling to gutter edge of leaf, but a fine, clean, smooth, and altogether pleasing leaf.

The initial is charming here--and revealing, as it shows (anachronistically) John in the form of a Medieval scribe at his writing desk, his characteristic quill pen and knife occupying his two hands.
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Keywords: Bibles