Thirteenth Century Manuscript Bible: This is a complete text of the Old and New Testament, except the Book of Psalms (almost certainly copied with the Psalms bound separately), and the Apocrypha on very fine, white vellum. There is a 4 page introduction before Genesis, 2 page introduction before Matthew and a page and one-half before Romans. The order of the New Testament books is somewhat rearranged. There are 350 leaves making a total of 700 pages with a blank vellum leaf at the beginning and the end. The page size is approximately 7 ¾ by 5 ½ inches, text being slightly over 5 ½ by 3 ½ inches. There seems to be a consistent 53 lines scribed per page. It is beautifully rubricated in red and blue inks with nice capital letters rubricated on every page, with some elaborate letters flowing down the full length of many of the pages. On many pages the rubrication flows down three margins of the double-page spread of the Bible when opened. Of special note might be the rubrication on the first page of Genesis, each book of the Decalogue, four books of Kings, Parables of Solomon, Micah, Isaiah, the Gospels, Romans, etc. However every book of the Bible has special beginning letters. Every capital letter in the text has been touched with red ink. There are two figures of the eagle symbol before the Gospels of Mark and again before John. There are many very carefully scribed marginal notes, in Latin. Most of the notes are simply a few words, though a few are three or four lines in length, encircled with red ink. There are a few longer marginal notes in the Epistles of Paul that appear to be in a 15th century scribe quality script, the longest being ten lines.
Provenance: Through use of ultra-violet light, it has been detected on two pages, that this Bible was scribed at the Benedictine Mother House at Padua, Italy, before 1250. It is dated very shortly after the use of chapters had become established in the process of scribing the Bible, done to help locate passages within the major book divisions. It has been most certainly re-bound sometime in the nineteenth century in full brown leather, with three high ridge cords, and a leather spine and boards being elaborately blind-stamped. The binding is in excellent condition. There are no signs that the pages have been trimmed when the Bible was rebound.