Paris, France, 1260-1280
French 19th-century black morocco, gold-tooled, lettered on back: Biblia Sacra Secolo XIII.
Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1902.
638 leaves (2 columns, 47 lines), bound : vellum, ill. ; 140 x 90 mm
G. Gandilland, Franciscan at Angoulême, early owner; the Franciscans at Angoulême; A. Firmin-Didot sale (Paris, 1897, no. 2) to Richardson; Richard Bennett; Catalogue of manuscripts and early printed books from the libraries of William Morris, Richard Bennett, Bertram, fourth Earl of Ashburnham, and other sources, no. 2; purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) with the Bennett Collection in 1902; J.P. Morgan (1867-1943).
Ms. Bible; written and illuminated in France in the late 13th century.
Artist: Aurifaber workshop (cf. Manuscript painting in Paris during the reign of Saint Lous / Robert Branner. 1977, pp. 109-115.)
Decoration: 1 large and 11 small historiated initials; numerous decorated initials.