Uniform title
Manuscript, Book
[France], [between 1260 and 1269]
542 leaves : parchment, illustrations ; 205 x 140 (142 x 90) mm bound to 219 x 155 mm.


Former owner
Rare books genre
Getty AAT genre
Summary note
Old and New Testaments with the Prayer of Manasses and 3 Ezra, and the standard set of prefaces as listed in Ker, MMBL, vol. 1, pp. 96-97; with an additional prologue for Ecclesiasticus not listed in Stegmüller and with truncated forms of Stegmüller 524 and 528.
  • Ms. codex.
  • Title supplied by cataloger.
  • Collation: Parchment ; fol. ii (paper) + 542 + ii (paper) ; catchwords ; modern foliation in pencil.
  • Layout: 49 lines per page in two columns.
  • Description: Rubricated ; watermarks (later endpapers only).
  • Decoration: 71 decorated initials of 2-7 lines and 74 historiated initials of 5-7 lines. Both decorative and historiated initials have short stems often used as platforms for birds, animals, and hybrids. Turquoise blue, pink, maroon, orange, and gold are the principal colors. 2-line initials in alternately blue or red, with pen-flourishes of both colors for chapters, and regular psalms. See the entry in Medieval & Renaissance manuscripts in the Princeton University Library, volume 1, pages 287-289 for detailed descriptions of the illustrations.
  • Origin: Probably written and illuminated in France in the third quarter of the 13th century.
Binding note
Later binding. France, 17th/18th-century. Brown calf, with re-backed gilt spine, and 2 leather and metal clasps (from lower to upper cover), partially restored.
Language note
Perlschrift (Pearl Script)
Early ownership is unknown. Early modern ownership inscription erased. Intermediate provenance unknown. Unidentified dealer's marks are present. Owned by George E. Leighton. The manuscript was auctioned in New York on 25 April 1929 where it was acquired by Senator David Aiken Reed, Princeton Class of 1900, and was no. 3 in his collection. In 1953, his widow, Edna French Reed, donated the manuscript to the Princeton University Library, where it was accessioned in 1953 as AM 15461a.
Source acquisition
Gift From the collection of David Aiken Reed, Class of 1900, Presented in his memory by Mrs. Reed; 1953.
Medieval & Renaissance manuscripts in the Princeton University Library, volume 2, pages 286-290.
Other format(s)
Also available in an electronic version.
Place name(s)
France Paris.
Other title(s)
Biblia latina
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