Item No: mca0300011
Additional Title: Bible
Rare Book Department
Beginning of Jerome's prologue to the Bible
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.
Because so much had to be written in a small space, these portable Bibles contain very little, if any, illustration. Although there is no figural imagery, the manuscript is still quite decorative, with red and blue chapter numbers and running titles and elaborate flourished initials.
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Lewis E 30