(France, mid-13th century). 152 x 105 mm. (6 x 4 1/8"). Double column, 50 lines in a very fine gothic pearl script.

Rubrics in red, capitals struck with red, headlines in red and blue, chapter numbers in red and blue, one of these with penwork extensions running the length of the column, recto with one three-line initial in pink with white tracery on a blue ground accented with gold dots, the same side with a two-line "I" in red with cascading penwork in red and blue and WITH AN ASCENDING BAR BORDER in blue, pink, and gold CONTAINING AN ELONGATED FULL-LENGTH IMAGE OF THE PROPHET HAGGAI; VERSO WITH A THREE-LINE INITIAL EXTENDING INTO A 29-LINE DESCENDER WITH A FULL-LENGTH PORTRAIT OF THE PROPHET ZECHARIAH. With shoulder notes in a contemporary hand. Trimmed a little close at fore-edge (minor loss to scribal corrections), a couple of mild smudges to margins, otherwise in excellent condition--clean, smooth, and attractively decorated, with paint intact.

Contemporaries who urged the rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem after the Babylonian exile, Haggai and Zechariah are depicted here in beautifully realized figures reminiscent of the niche statues in Gothic cathedrals.

Keywords: Bibles