Item Info

Item No: mca2420011
Additional Title: Bible
Script: Gothic bookhand
Language: Latin
Folio Number: f. 1r
Source: Rare Book Department

This manuscript has been dated to ca. 1250.

Notes: Initial F with St. Jerome writing, beginning of his prologue to the Bible
Notes: The thirteenth century saw the development of small, portable Bibles. Romanesque Bibles had been large-format, grand productions. In order to create an easily carried, single-volume Bible the script became extremely small. In this example, the scribe wrote twelve lines to the inch. This was also a time that Bibles acquired the standardized chapter numbers that we find in modern Bibles. The Roman numeral that appears in the right margin indicates the change of chapter.

This page contains the text of Jerome's prologue to the Bible, which began most Bibles of this time. Jerome (ca. 340-420) translated the Bible in the fourth century and his translation, known as the Vulgate, became the standard Latin version throughout the Middle Ages. On this page, he appears writing his translation in the historiated initial F, which begins his prologue.
Sirsi Catalog Key: 1583863
Country: Country:France

Creation Year (Single Year or Range Begin): 1260
Image Dimensions Width: 171 mm
ShelfMark: Lewis E 242
Creator Name: Johannes Grusch workshop - Artist

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