Decorative Lectern Bible
Decorative Lectern Bible. Single folio on vellum. The Netherlands, ca. 1460: 317 x 248 mm (justification 265 x 193 mm). Double column, 53 lines. Beautiful, refined script. Decoration: ten-line initial C of red and blue puzzle style with voids and infilled with red foliate penwork; two-line initials in red and blue; rubricated, with versal initials tipped in red. A pinprick in the middle of the initial suggests that a compass was used to make it. Text: 1 Paralipomenon 27-29, and the opening of 2 Paralipomenon. Condition: very good, except for slight smudging of the initial. This is an exceptional example of Dutch monastic bible production in the late Middle Ages, a trend that gave rise to the Gutenberg Bible.