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Thirteenth-Century Leaf with Historiated Initial and Text from the Book of Judges and Book of Joshua
France: np. 1st Edition. No Binding. Fine. Magnificent 13th-century leaf with colorful historiated "P" and griffin in border. 45 lines of text in each of 2 columns on both sides written in Latin gothic script with brown ink on vellum. Verso: The historiated "P" (miniature measures 16 x 13 mm, 6 lines; tail of "P" measures 40 mm long, 18 lines), which features two figures listening intently to a third figure, is painted in a dramatic blue, with pink border and white details along tail of "P;" extending from upper left-hand corner of the "P" are two branches. Hanging from the tail of the initial is a griffin painted in green, pink, blue, and gold; its tail, painted in blue and gold, extends along left margin of text. Central red and blue marginal penwork along length of page. The text is from the Book of Judges 1:1-26. Recto: Red and blue marginal penwork along left-hand side of both columns of text. The text is from the Book of Joshua 24:7-32. Northern France (probably Paris): c. 1250. Size: 84 x 130 mm (approx. 5.1 x 3.3 inches). Inkblot at the bottom of the robe of the speaker but otherwise fine. English translation of the Latin (excerpted from Joshua 24): And Joshua said to the people: "You will not be able to serve the Lord. For he is a holy and powerful God, and he is jealous, and he will not ignore your wickedness and sins. If you leave behind the Lord, and you serve foreign gods, he will turn himself, and he will afflict you, and he will overthrow you, after all the good that he has offered to you." And the people said to Joshua, "By no means will it be as you are saying, but we will serve the Lord." And Joshua said to the people, "You yourselves are witnesses, that you have chosen the Lord so that you may serve him." And they answered, "We are witnesses." "Now therefore," he said, "take away strange gods from among yourselves, and incline your hearts to the Lord, the God of Israel." And the people said to Joshua, "We will serve the Lord our God, and we will be obedient to his precepts." Therefore, on that day, Joshua struck a covenant, and he set before the people at Shechem the precepts and the judgments. He also wrote all these things in the volume of the law of the Lord. And he took a very great stone, and he stationed it under the oak that was in the Sanctuary of the Lord. And he said to all the people, "Lo, this stone shall be to you as a testimony, which has heard all the words of the Lord that he has spoken to you, lest perhaps, afterward, you might choose to deny it, and to lie to the Lord your God." And he dismissed the people, each one to their own possession. And after these things, Joshua, the son of Nun, the servant of the Lord, died, being one hundred and ten years old.
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