Western and Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures | 06 December 2017

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Cutting from an Atlantic Bible, with part of the capitula to Galatians

Sold for £500

Est: £500–700

Cutting from an Atlantic Bible, with part of the capitula to Galatians , and the incipit of the text, in Latin, decorated Romanesque manuscript on parchment [France, early twelfth century]

Rectangular cutting from a very large leaf, containing the top of one column and the edge of another, ruled for 28 lines in a rounded early gothic bookhand, capitula nos. in red roman numerals, the “expliciunt capitula” at their foot in capitals touched in red, one line of red capitals: “INCIPIUNT PROLOGUS”, and following that several letters set within others and graceful curls added to the end of penstrokes, the bisected remains of “GALATIAE” at the very foot of the page in very large red capitals, the ‘G’ with a tiny curl of green foliage within its body, recovered from a binding and with reverse scrubbed clean, some folds, scuffs and small amounts of paper adhering to surface in places, overall fair and presentable, 275 by 185mm.

At the end of the eleventh century and the opening of the twelfth, ecclesiastical book producers sought to reshape the format of the Bible, emulating and exceeding the grand size and regularity of the Carolingian Tours Bible. They produced vast codices of great austere beauty, named ‘Atlantic’ Bibles due to their size (after the titan ‘Atlas’).

Western and Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures

Wednesday 06 December 2017, 2.00pm

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