(France, mid-13th century). 153 x 103 mm. (6 x 4"). Double column, 50 lines in a very fine gothic pearl script.

Rubrics in red, numerous one-line initials in red or blue, seven two-line initials in red or blue with contrasting penwork, ONE FIVE-LINE HISTORIATED INITIAL SHOWING TWO TONSURED CLERICS STANDING AT A LECTERN WITH AN OPEN BOOK AND SINGING. Just a few negligible spots toward the gutter, the extreme lower end of some penwork decoration just cut off, but AN EXTREMELY FINE EXAMPLE, very clean, smooth, and fresh.

The charming historiation here, featuring choristers in front of a large choir book, is appropriate for the Psalm that occupies much of the present leaf: "O sing unto the Lord a new song, for he hath done marvellous things."

Keywords: Bibles