Manuscripts : Pars Bibliorum


<p style='text-align: justify;'>Biblical miscellany, produced in the Annevoie area in 1260-70. This manuscript is the most substantial surviving fragment of volume 1 of a large format 4-volume Bible. The first quire of our manuscript is missing, but 6 folios from it, containing prefatory material and the beginning of Genesis, are in the Pierpont Morgan Library as Glazier MS. 64 (see John Plummer, 'The Glazier Collection of Illuminated Manuscripts' (New York, 1968), p. 26 (no. 32). Other surviving fragments from this Bible have been identified as follows: (a) 3ff., containing 4 Kings, Canticles and 2 Maccabees, are now Brussels, Bibl. Royale MS. II 1339; (b) one column, containing the end of Luke and the beginning of the prologue to John, the whereabouts of which are now unknown, was Lot 2 in the Sotheby Sale of 29th November 1949 and then belonged to Major J. R. Abbey. This item was incorrectly described in the Sale Catalogue; (c) one column, containing part of the prologue to John and the first few words of his Gospel, is now Cleveland Museum of Art MS. 52. 565 (see Robert Branner, 'A Cutting from a Thirteenth-Century French Bible' in Bulletin of the Cleveland Museum of Art, vol. lviii, no. 7 (Sept. 1971), pp. 219-27; Ellen J. Beer, 'Liller Bibelcodices, Tournai und die Scriptorien der Stadt Arras,' in Aachener Kunstbliitter, Bd. 43 (Aachen, 1972), pp. 190 sqq., particularly pp. 191, 211, 222; Willene B. Clark, 'A Re-United Bible and Thirteenth-Century Illumination in Northern France', in Speculum, 1 (1975), 33-47, particularly p. 46; and the references in all three). In the top left-hand corner of the front endleaf is: Annevoie 8bre 1836 SNA L[ ... lvye..VR Annevoie (Belgium) is in the area in which the manuscript was executed. This entry is written in the same continental hand as the inscription 'Dinant 8bre 1836 SVNA' [sic] on f. 1v of Rylands Latin MS ll above.</p>

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