- Published / Created
- between 1225 and 1250
- Publication Place
- Manuscript on parchment.
The codex was acquired from Maggs, 4 Aug. 1939, by Henry Fletcher who presented it to Yale in 1947.
Cataloged from microfilm by Albert Derolez.
Cite as: Bible. General Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.
Decoration by two distinct hands whose division of work does not correspond precisely to that noted for the scribes. 1: ff. 7r-220v, 325r-340r. Large flourished initials, body divided red and blue, with interior designs primarily in red, and small blue circles added; first line of text in blue capitals decorated with simple red pen strokes. Many rubrics missing. 2: ff. 221r-324v, 341r-409r. Flourished initials similar in design to those by 1, but somewhat smaller in size and mostly without small blue circles; first line of text in blue and red capitals alternating; chapter divisions decorated with long herringbone pendants in red and blue. Running titles and marginal chapter divisions in alternating red and blue letters throughout codex. Notes to rubricator, some perpendicular in gutter.
Fifteenth- to sixteenth-century binding: Original sewing on five double, tawed supports laced straight and in V's into back-cornered wooden boards and pegged. The spine is square, the sewing supports prominent. Braided tawed skin (?) endbands. The first covering is brown calf with corner tongues. Next is a chemise of pink, tawed skin with an outer cover sewn to it with diagonal stitches of blue thread. Outer and inner covers are adhered to each other and to the boards with extending edges cut off. Two strap-and-pin fastenings with foliate pin bases on the lower board and stubs of kermes pink straps. Green discoloration on pastedowns. Trace of lettering in ink on the spine.
Manuscript on parchment. Text written in similar styles of gothic bookhand mostly by two scribes who may also have ruled the segments each copied. Scribe 1: ff. 7r-13v, 171v-296r, 307r-409r; running titles. Scribe 2: ff. 15r-171v, 297r-306v; quires signed with large Roman numerals and catchwords in gutter. A later hand of the 15th century wrote before and after Scriptural text in a less formal style of gothic; at least four other persons of the 14th-15th centuries have annotated the text in various styles of cursive.
T. E. Marston, Some Notable Books and Manuscripts, Gazette 22 (1948) pp. 78-79.
- ff. vi + 417 + ii : parchment 326 x 230 (207 x 120) mm.
- Extent of Digitization
- Completely digitized
- Call Number
- Beinecke MS 455
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- Bible. General Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. and Shailor, B. Catalogue of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, MS 455.
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