North Germany, perhaps Magdeburg, ca. 1100.
13th-century? pigskin over heavy boards, holes and marks indicate that covers had center and corner ornaments, perhaps jeweled, two clasps, and was chained; a strip from a contemporary Hebrew manuscript is used as front pastedown.
Purchase; John F. Fleming; 1958
277 leaves (2 columns, 40-45 lines), bound : vellum, ill. ; 555 x 360 mm.
Owned in the 14th century by the Augustinian monastery of Neuwerk near Halle in the diocese of Magdeburg (inscription on fol. 1: Liber monasterii beate marie virginis ac sancti alexandri, novi operis ordinis canonicorum regularium propre Hallis Magdeburgenis dyocesis); one of 35 manuscripts that during the 16th and 17th centuries were sent from Neuwerk to Neustift in Halle to the Archdiocesan Library at Mainz and then during the Thirty Years' War ended up at the royal library at Gotha (see Ehwald, p. 86); MS Mbr. I, nr. 3 in the Gotha Library (number written inside front cover), purchased through John F. Fleming, Inc., New York, on the Belle da Costa Greene Fund in 1958.
Ms. Bible (the second volume of a 2-volume Bible, containing Job through the New Testament); written and illuminated in north Germany, perhaps Magdeburg, ca. 1100.
Decoration: 4 full-page Evangelist portraits, 4 illuminated canon tables, 2 historiated initials, 28 zoomorphic initials, 29 decorated initials.