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Biblia Sacra Latina, Versio Vulgata

Vellum leaf from an illuminated Medieval Manuscript
France (Paris); Middle 13th Century
Latin Text; Minuscule Angular Gothic Script
17 by 12.5 cm

These miniature or portable manuscript copies of the Jerome version of the Bible were nearly all written by the young wandering friars of the newly founded order of Dominicans. With almost superhuman skill and patience, and without the aid of eyeglasses, an amazing number of these small Bibles were produced by writing with quills on uterine vellum or rabbit skins. Many such Bibles were produced for students at the early medieval universities and were made in such large quantities that today they are easy to find. The precision and beauty of the text letters and initials executed in so small a scale, twelve lines to an inch, with letters less than one-sixteenth of an inch high, are among the wonders in book history.
Keywords: 1200s, Bible, decoration, formal, France, gothic, initials, script
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