(Paris, mid-13th century). 290 x 191 mm. (11 3/8 x 7 1/2"). Double column, 49 lines of text in a fine early gothic script.
Rubrics in red, each entry beginning with a capital in red or blue, each leaf with one or more two-line initials in red or blue with penwork in the contrasting color. VERY FINE LEAVES--quite clean and bright, and with spacious margins.
Clearly from a high quality Bible, these leaves are said to be from a manuscript produced by a workshop identified by Robert Branner as the Johannes Grusch Atelier, and the outstanding scribal hand here would suggest the level of achievement of that workshop. The Grusch atelier consisted of a group of 10 or 12 artists at work in Paris for about 35 years, beginning in the late 1230s. Taking their name from the scribe who signed a Bible during this period (now Sarnen, Collegium MS 16), the group produced some 39 manuscripts known to Branner (see his "Manuscript Painting in Paris during the Reign of Saint Louis," pp. 82-86 and 222-23). (ST12778-0661a-j)
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