Western Manuscripts at Bridwell Library to 1650
Bridwell MS 1 [Biblia latina]
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[Biblia latina], Genesis 1:1, f. 4r.

Title: [Biblia latina].
Origin: [England or Northern France?: c. 1250].
Description: Decorated manuscript on fine parchment. 506 leaves. 20 x 14 cm. Double columns of 50 lines. Textblock: 14.5 x 9.5 cm.
Binding: Sixteenth-century German "Reformation" blind-tooled vellum with two clasps. Includes portrait roundels of Martin Luther and other reformers.
Comments: Written in small gothic script in black and red ink, this manuscript is likely a product of the Channel school, although it later was used in Strasbourg. The text concludes with a dictionary of Hebrew names (Aaz apprehendes version) attributed to Remigius of Auxerre, but probably the work of Stephen Langton. Marginal annotations appear in a later hand.
Decoration: Folio 4r has page-length decorative initial "I" at Genesis 1:1, in red, blue, and green; headings and initials in red and blue with filigree penwork.
Provenance: (1) Folio 1r signed "Joannes Heller Argentini..." (i.e., Joannes Heller Argentinensis, of Strasbourg [1559-1632], matriculated University of Basel, 1578). (2) Thomas J. Harrison, Pryor, Oklahoma, deposited at Bridwell Library, 1964. (3) Gift of Harrison Trust, 1994.
Bibliography:
Phillipp Rosemann, Understanding Scholastic Thought with Foucault. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1999, p. 63, plate 3.

 

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