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Medieval Manuscript Bible on Vellum
- A THIRTEENTH CENTURY MANUSCRIPT FROM THE PHILLIPPS COLLECTION; Rare Medieval Manuscript in Folio. BIBLE. Sapiential Books, Glossed. Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Wisdom and the Song of Songs. France, 13th Century (Potentially Late Twelfth). COMPLETE. Folio (measures approximately 335 mm x 239 mm). Fine manuscript of the late twelfth to early thirteen century, written in a bold hand with numerous capital letters. INITIAL LETTERS finely painted in red and blue, and very many smaller capitals executed in the same style. VERY BROAD MARGINS, on some of which extensive notes are written in a very neat hand. IN A MOST EXCELLENT STATE OF PRESERVATION THROUGHOUT. An unusually well preserved specimen of an early MS Bible in folio, on 180 leaves of vellum. On the last leaf, written in a 15th century hand, is the account of how the Abbey of Royaumont acquired this manuscript. The notation reads: "This book was acquired by brother Gille of the Royal Abbey of Royaumont from Jehan Guymier, library of Paris by exchange made with him of four books of Kings and of Luke and John, glossed, which were duplicates in the library of Royaumont and did not have an equal in the present. Done in the month of February in the year 1458." The manuscript is finely bound in straight grained black morocco, gilt paneled side by W. J. Mansell. PROVENANCE: A note on the last leaf of this volume indicates that it was acquired by the Abbot of Royaumont in 1459, who exchanged it for 4 duplicate manuscripts from the monastery library. It was later acquired by Sir Thomas Phillipps and is twice entered in his catalogue as Nos. 4734 and 20567. It has the initials of Thomas Fitzroy Fenwick, with the date 1894. Fenwick was Phillipps' grandson. Purchased by Nichols at the Phillipps Sale in 1895, other owners include Michael Tomikson and Dr. Eric Millar (Collector of medieval manuscripts, and Keeper of Manuscripts at the British Museum). There are a number of relevant papers accompanying the book, the work of previous scholars, included a fine letter to Millar written by Tim Munby (Author of Phillipps Studies) in March of 1950. This manuscript sells with an extensive and verifiable provenance from February of 1459 to 2017.a remarkable span of over five hundred and fifty years. The highly detailed provenance of this volume is indicative of both its value and significance. ADDITIONAL: At the conclusion of the biblical text, the manuscript contains a medieval sermon on the Martyrdom of St. Andrew ("But he, choosing rather a most glorious death than a hateful life, went forward voluntarily to the torment."). For the possible significance of this sermon, see M. Hugo's work entitled "The Dispersion of the Manuscripts of Royaumont II: Gilles de Roye," (Revue Bénédictine, CXV, 2005, pp. 205–10). FOR MORE INFORMATION: Feel free to contact us with any additional questions or requests for photographs. Please do not hesitate to enquire regarding other early printed books and manuscripts, particularly pertaining to early English Bibles. Items listed online are merely representative of our broader inventory. We currently have a wide variety of Tyndale New Testaments, as well as first editions of the 1535 Coverdale, the 1537 Matthews, the 1539 Taverners, the 1539 Great, the 1560 Geneva, the 1568 Bishops and all of the first five folios issues of the 1611 King James Version of the Bible. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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