Recovered Bifolium Containing “Postillae” on the Gospel of John
Biblical theology from a French center of learning. Bifolium on vellum. France, probably the south, perhaps Montpellier, ca. 1275: 293 mm x 448 mm (justification 213 mm x 160 mm). Double column, 56 lines. A handsome, squat Gothic script. Decoration: running heads and paraphs in red or blue; scriptural lemmas underscored in red. Text: “Postillae” on the Gospel of John, probably by either Nicholas of Lyra or Albertus Magnus. Provenance: collection of William Chmurny (d. 2013). Condition: used as a book wrapper, hence the usual darkening, minor chips, folds, trivial worming, and some glue stains, otherwise entirely legible; clean and bright spot about 170 mm x 170 mm where a label of title block was previously glued.