(France [probably Paris], ca. 1260). 160 x 100 mm. (6 1/4 x 4"). Double column, 43 lines in a fine gothic pearl script.

Rubrics in red, capitals struck in red, chapter numbers and running titles in red and blue, one two-line initial in blue with red penwork embellishment, and A FIVE-LINE INITIAL SHOWING A SEATED SCRIBE with a small beast's head protruding from the corner, the head and tail of the initial extending into the margins, all painted pink and blue with gold dots. A few contemporary corrections in the margins. A bit of light general soiling, headlines mostly cropped, minor paint erosion in the historiation, additional trivial defects, otherwise a pleasing, well-preserved leaf with an artfully realized initial.

Carefully painted with rich colors, the initial here has more detail than is typical, and clearly the artist was aware of the symbolic dimensions of his work. For example, above and behind our seated scribe are seven golden bands that shoot upward. Since our initial comes at the beginning of Revelation, these clearly suggest the Seven Seals and the seven trumpets sounded by seven angels, important content in this final biblical book that relates to the Second Coming.

Keywords: Bibles