[Sweetheart Bible].

Uniform title
Manuscript, Book
[France?] ; [between 1260 and 1270].
3 volumes (407, 444, 371 leaves) : parchment, illustrations ; 324 x 224 mm


Former owner
Getty AAT genre
Summary note
3 volumes of a 4-volume Bible produced in France (the third volume is not extant), containing several of the standard prefaces with certain exceptions.
  • Ms. codex.
  • Title from printed catalog.
  • Decoration: Northern French, possibly Picardy or Artois, ca. 1260s or 1270s. Contains historiated and pen-flourished initials throughout the three volumes and the Balliol coat of arms added to an initial in the preface to Joshua (vol. 1, fol. 326r).
  • Origin: Probably produced in Northern France (Picardy or Artois) in the 13th century.
Binding note
Parchment over wooden boards, possibly executed in England in the late 19th century; edges of textblock gauffered and gilt.
Language note
In Latin.
Provenance: Late 13th century ownership inscription and anathema from the Sweetheart Abbey, a Cistercian monastery in Kirkcudbright, Scotland, in vol. 1, fol. 407v. Later in the possesion of Sir John Spottiswoode (1565-1639), Archbishop of St Andrews and Alexander Pringle (1837-1898) of Yair, Selkirkshire, who consigned it to Sotheby's London in 1895. Purchased by Robert Garrett, of Baltimore, Maryland, Class of 1897, in 1909 from the antiquarian bookseller Bernard Quaritch and donated to Princeton University in 1942.
Source acquisition
Gift; of Robert Garrett, Princeton Class of 1897, 1942.
Medieval & Renaissance manuscripts in the Princeton University Library, vol. 1, pages 8-11
Cite as
Garrett MS. 27, Manuscripts Division, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.
Other format(s)
Online description and images of miniatures available in two subscription-based resources: ArtStor (www.artstor.org) and the Index of Christian Art (http://ica.princeton.edu/).
Robert Garrett Collection
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