Bible : Old and New Testament : in Latin. v.4
- Bible : Old and New Testament : in Latin. v.4
- Title (uniform):
Bible. Latin. Vulgate
- Former owner:
- Duprat, Antoine, 1463-1535
- Former owner:
- Coudray, Charles Lenormand du
- Former owner:
- Phillipps, Thomas, Sir, 1792-1872
- Former owner:
- Beatty, A. Chester (Alfred Chester), Sir, 1875-1968
- Former owner:
- Conde, José Antonio, 1765-1820
- Former owner:
- Château d'Anet
- Former owner:
- Bernard Quaritch (Firm)
- Sotheby's (Firm)
Manuscripts, Latin (Medieval and modern)--France
Boston Public Library
Rare Books Department
- Collection (local):
Medieval and Early Renaissance Manuscripts (Collection of Distinction)
France > Île-de-France (region) > Paris
- 1 v. : parchment, ill. ; 440 x 317 (320 x 207) mm.
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- Table of Contents:
63. fol. 426: [Prologue to Hosea] Temporibus ozie et ioathe [St. 507]
64. fol. 426: Hosea. Initial: Hosea and Gomer embracing (eight-line)
65. fol. 429v: [Prologue to Joel] Sanctus iohel [Stegmüller 511]
66. fol. 429v: [Prologue to Joel] Iohel filius phatuel [St. 510]
67. fol. 429v: Joel. Initial: Joel standing with book and unfurled scroll, gazing at the face of God in the heavenly aperture above (eight-line)
68. fol. 431: [Prologues to Amos] Ozias rex [Stegmüller 515]
69. fol. 431: [Prologue to Amos] Amos propheta [Stegmüller 512]
70. fol. 431v: [Prologue to Amos] Hic amos [Stegmüller 513]
71. fol. 431v Amos. Initial. Amos tending his sheep, gazing at the face of God in the heavenly aperture above (eight-line)
72. fol. 434: [Prologue to Obadiah] Iacob patriarcha ... [Stegmüller 519]
73. fol. 434v: [Prologue to Obadiah] Hebrei hunc ... sonat aliquid [St. 517]
74. fol. 434v: Obadiah. Initial. God appears to Obadiah in his sleep (eight-line)
75. fol. 435: [Prologue to Jonah] Sanctum ionam [Stegmüller 524]
76. fol. 435: [Prologue to Jonah] Ionam [sic. Ionas] columba et dolens [Steg. 521]
77. fol. 435: Jonah. Initial: Jonah emerging from the mouth of the whale (eight-line)
78. fol. 436: [Prologued to Micah] Temporibus ioathe [Stegmüller 526]
79. fol. 436: Micah. Initial: Micah standing looking up at the face of God in the heavenly aperture above (eight-line)
80. fol. 438: [Prologue to Nahum] Naum prophetam [Stegmüller 528]
81. fol. 438v: Nahum. Initial: Nahum laments the fall of Ninevah (eight-line)
82. fol. 439v: [Prologue to Habakkuk] Quatuor prohete [Stegmüller 531]
83. fol. 440: [Prologue to Habakkuk] Abacuch amplexans [St. 530]
84. fol. 440: Habakkuk. Initial: Habakkuk gathering stones and carried by an angel (eight-line)
85. fol. 441: [Prologue to Zephaniah] Tradunt hebrei [Stegmüller 534]
86. fol. 441v: Zephaniah. Initial: Zephaniah preaching to an onlooker and holding an unfurled scroll (eight-line)
87. fol. 442v: [Prologue to Haggai] Ieremias propheta [Stegmüller 538]
88. fol. 443: Haggai. Initial: Haggai preaching to Cyrus (14-line [I] in compartments)
89. fol. 443v: [Prologue to Zachariah] Anno secundo [Stegmüller 539]
90. fol. 444: Zachariah. Initial: Zachariah preaching, holding an unfurled scroll (17-line [I])
91. fol. 448: [Prologue to Malachi] Deus per moysen [Stegmüller 543]
92. fol. 448: Malachi. Initial: God speaks with Malachi, who holds an unfurled scroll (eight-line)
93. fol. 449v: [Prologue to Maccabees] Domino excellentissimo et in cultu christiane religionis strenuissimo lodouico regi rebanus...Cum sim promptus [Stegmüller 547]
94. fol. 449v: [Prologue to Maccabees] Reverentissimo et omni caritatis officio dignissimo...Memini me in palatio [St. 553]
95. fol. 450: [Prologue to Maccabees] Machabeorum liber duo [St. 551]
96. fol. 450: 1 Maccabees. Initial: Mattathias beheading an idolatrous Jew who offers a sheep's head as sacrifice (eight-line)
97. fol. 464v: 2 Maccabees. Initial: initial: A servant delivers a letter with an attached seal from the Jews in Jerusalem to Aristobolus and the Jews of Egypt (seven-line)
98. fol. 475-594v: New Testament.
99. fol. 475: [Prologue to Matthew] Matheus ex Iudaeis sicut in ordine ... intelligendam ... [Stegmüller 590]
100. fol. 475: [Prologue to Matthew] Matheus cum primo [St. 589]
101. fol. 475v: Matthew. Initial: Matthew asleep in bed, dreaming of the Tree of Jesse (eight-line)
102. fol. 490v: [Prologue to Mark] Marcus euangelista [Stegmüller 607]
103. fol. 490v: Mark. Initial: Mark, as a tonsured monk, reading from a book; a winged lion below (23-line [I] in compartments).
104. fol. 500: [Prologue to Luke] Quoniam quidem multi [Luke 1:1-4]
105. fol. 500: [Prologue to Luke] Lucas antiocus natione syrus [Stegmüller 620]
106. fol. 500v: Luke. Initial: Zechariah with censer before an altar; God's face peering from the heavenly aperture above (eight-line)
107. fol. 516: [Prologue to John] Hic est Iohannes [Stegmüller 624]. Initial: historiated with an eagle holding an unfurled scroll [note: this is the only prologue with an historiated initial]
108. fol. 516: John. Initial: John, as a tonsured monk, reading from a book; an eagle below (22-line [I] in compartments)
109. fol. 528v: [Prologue to Romans] Romani sunt in partes [Stegmüller 676]
110. fol. 528v: Romans. Initials: Paul, holding a sword, preaching to a Jew who holds a tablet (eight-line)
111. f: 534v: [Prologue to 1 Corinthians] Corinthii sunt achaici [St. 683]
112. fol. 534v: 1 Corinthians. Initial: Paul, holding a book, preaching to a Jew who holds a tablet (eight-line)
113. fol. 540v: [Prologue to 2 Corinthians] Post actam penitentiam [St. 699]
114. fol. 540: 2 Corinthians. Initial: Paul, holding a book, preaching to a Jew who holds a tablet (eight-line)
115. fol. 544v: [Prologue to Galatians] Galathe sunt greci [St. 707]
116. fol. 544v: Galatians. Initial: Paul, holding a book, preaching to a Jew (eight-line)
117. fol. 546v: [Prologue to Ephesians] Ephesii suns asiani [St. 715]
118. fol. 546v: Ephesians. Initial: Paul, holding a goblet, preaching to a Jew (eight-line)
119. fol. 548v: [Prologue to Philippians] Philippenses sunt macedones [St. 728]
120. fol. 548v: Philippians. Initial: Paul, holding a book, preaching to a Jew who holds a tablet (eight-line)
121. fol. 550: [Prologue to Colossians] Colosenses et hi sicut laodicenses [St. 736]
122. fol. 551v: [Prologue to 1 Thessalonians] Thessalonicenses sunt macedones [St. 747]
123. fol. 551v: 1 Thessalonians. Initial: Paul, holding a book, preaching to two Jews, one of whom holds a tablet (eight-line)
124. fol. 552v: [Prologue to 2 Thessalonians] Ad thessalonicenses scribit secundam [St. 752]
125. fol. 553: 2 Thessalonians. Initial: Paul, holding a book, preaching to a Jew who holds a book (eight-line)
126. fol. 553v: [Prologue to 1 Timothy] Timotheum instruit [St. 765]
127. fol. 553v: 1 Timothy. Initial: Paul, holding a book, preaching to a Bishop with mitre and crozier (eight-line)
128. fol. 555: [Prologue to 2 Timothy] Item timotheo scribit [St. 772]
129. fol. 555: 2 Timothy. Initial: Paul, holding a book, preaching to a Jew who holds a tablet (eight-line)
130. fol. 556v: [Prologue to Titus] Tytum commonefacit [St. 780]
131. fol. 556v: Titus. Initial: Paul, holding a book, preaching to two Jews, one of whom holds a tablet (eight-line)
132. fol. 557: [Prologue to Philemon] Philemoni familiaris [St. 783]
133. fol. 557: Philemon. Initial: Paul standing with sword (eight-line)
134. fol. 557v: [Prologue to Hebrews] In primus dicendum est [St. 793]
135. fol. 557v: Hebrews. Initial: Paul, holding a sword, preaching to two Jews, one of whom holds a book (eight-line)
136. fol. 562: [Prologue to Acts] Lucas antiocensis natione syrus [Stegmüller 640]
137. fol. 562v: Acts. Initial: Peter, with book and key, and Paul, with sword (seven-line)
138. fol. 579: [Prologue to the Canonical Epistles] Non est ita ordo [St. 809]
139. fol. 579: James. Initial: James standing with book (20-line [I] in compartments)
140. fol. 580v: 1 Peter. Initial: Peter enthroned with key (eight-line)
141. fol. 582v: 2 Peter. Initial: Peter enthroned holding what appears to be a monstrance (eight-line)
142. fol. 583v: 1 John. Initial: John seated at a writing desk at work on a codex, a quill in one hand, an erasure knife in the other (eight-line)
143. fol. 585: 2 John. Initial: John standing with book (six-line)
144. fol. 585v: 3 John. Initial: John standing with book (eight-line)
145. fol. 585v: Jude. Initial: Jude standing with book (20-line [I] in compartments)
146. fol. 586: [Prologue to Apocalypse] Omnes qui pie volunt [Stegmüller 839]
147. fol. 586v: Apocalypse. Initial: John on Patmos, writing, a quill in one hand, an erasure knife in the other (8-line), the towers of the Seven Churches in the background.
Bibliographic record created by BPL staff based on description by Dr. Lisa Fagin Davis.
Origin: Written in Paris in the second quarter of the 13th century. Branner, in Manuscript Painting in Paris, attributes this manuscript to the "middle period" of the eponymous du Prat atelier (Branner, p. 78-80 and 218)
- Notes (ownership):
Provenance: According to Peter Kidd, "the unidentified words and paraphs on the first pages of the original two volumes (now vols.I and III) show that this comes from the library at the Chateau d'Anet, which was sold in 1724 after the death of Anne of Bavaria. (The characteristic marks consist of a number followed by a paraph, the former sometimes written in words in French, sometimes in numerals.) The Bible is therefore doubtless the very first item of the catalogue." (unpublished correspondence)
Provenance 2: The manuscript was divided into four volumes when bound in the current 18th-century boards, with unidentified gilt monogram stamps in the corners and spine compartments of the bindings. In the Sotheby’s sale of 7 June 1932, these are tentatively identified as the monogram of Joseph Bonnier, Baron de la Mosson (1702-44), although comparison of the stamps to the Bonnier monogram reproduced in A. Bouvenne, Les monogrammes historiques (Paris, 1870), p. 37, suggests that this identification is spurious; the monogram stamps remain unidentified.
Provenance 3: Later owned by José Antonio Conde y García (1766–1820), Librarian of the Royal Library, Madrid: the Bible was lot 970 in his sale by [Robert Harding] Evans, Catalogue of Rare, Curious, and Interesting Spanish Books, and a Few Miscellaneous Articles, Forming the Library of Don. J. Antonio Conde ... Which will be Sold by Auction by Mr. Evans ... July 6, and Four Following Days, 1824; Ca. 18th-/19th-century dealer's annotations inside each rear cover.
Provenance 4: Sold by Thorpe in 1830 to Sir Thomas Phillipps (Ms. 4259) (SDBM 194757), his ex libris on the verso of the first flyleaf of each volume. Purchased from the Phillipps estate in 1920 by Sir Alfred Chester Beatty, his number 54 (written on verso of each front flyleaf) (Millar II:48-53) and his sale at Sotheby's, 7 June 1932, lot 13 (SDBM 5517) to Quaritch. Offered by Quaritch three times: 1932 (cat. 465, nr. 105), 1941 (cat. 594, nr. 4), and 1946 (cat. 637, no. 589) (SDBM 187605, 51578, and 69811). Various modern notes on verso of front flyleaf.
- Notes (acquisition):
Immediate source of acquisition: Purchased by the BPL in 1946 from Quaritch.
- Notes (date):
[between 1225 and 1250]
- Notes (citation):
Bond, W.H. Supplement to the Census of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts in the United States and Canada, page 211
- Notes (object):
Secundo folio: (vol. IV) Audite verbum domini ...
Collation: Parchment, four codices; (vol. I) fol. ii + 125 + ii; (vol. II) fol. ii + 167 + ii; (vol. III) fol. ii + i + 133 + ii; (vol. IV) fol. ii + 169 + ii ; volumes too tightly bound to collate, following collations are based on those given in Millar’s Chester Beatty catalog: (vol. I) 1-10¹² 11⁶⁻¹ (final folio used at the beginning of Volume II); (vol. II) 11 (continued)¹ 12-13⁸ 14-17¹² 18¹⁶ 19⁸ 20¹⁶ 21⁸ 22¹⁶ 23⁸ 24¹⁶ 25⁸ 26⁸⁻² (last two leaves cancelled); (vol. III) 27-37¹² 38¹²⁻¹¹ (final eleven leaves used at the beginning of Volume IV); (vol. IV) 38 (continued)¹¹ 39-51¹² 52²; the manuscript was originally two volumes of 292 and 302 leaves (vol. I+II and III+IV), each of which was subsequently divided mid-quire. A parchment flyleaf from the beginning of the original second volume is preserved after the paper flyleaves at the front of what is now vol. III. Modern pencil arabic foliation, upper right corner each recto, numbers the four volumes consecutively from 1 to 594, those numbers used here for reference.
Layout: Two columns, 43 lines. Bounding and writing lines in light plummet, vertical bounding lines doubled.
Script: Written in an early gothic bookhand in black ink with red rubrics. Three-line penwork initials throughout in blue or red with red and blue filigree into margins.
Decoration: 64 six-line initials in colors on gold with floriate infill and gold-fillet frames (at the beginning of each prologue); 82 historiated initials, mostly six-line (at the beginning of each book; consult description by Lisa Fagin Davis for full listing). On the opening folio of vol. I and vol. III, a late 15th-century gilt architectural border and, in the lower margin, the arms of the first known owner, Cardinal Antoine du Prat (1463-1535).
Binding: 18th-century goatskin over boards, gilt-tooled cornerstamp monograms (unidentified), filigree turn-ins and board edges, spine elaborately gilt in compartments with the same gilt monogram in each, gilt-stamped brown leather labels on spine reading "BIBLIA SACRA" and "TOM I" (II, III, IV), all edges gilt, marbled pastedowns and conjoint flyleaves in front and back, upper edge slightly trimmed; each volume housed in a custom early 20th-century red cloth clamshell box lined with white velour, by J.S. Wilson and Son, Cambridge, England, with title gilt-tooled on spines: "BIBLIA SACRA/ I (II, III, IV)/ MS/SAEC. XIII".
- Notes (bibliography):
Bibliography: Lugt, F. Les Marques de Collection de Dessins & d'Estampes (Amsterdam, 1921); Millar, E.G. The library of A. Chester Beatty: a descriptive catalogue of the western manuscripts (Oxford, 1927-30), II:48-53; Haraszti, Zoltán. "Early Bibles and Liturgical Books." More Books/BPL quarterly XXIII (1948), p. 252; The Phillipps Manuscripts: Catalogus Librorum Manuscriptorum in Bibliotheca Thomae Phillipps, Bt. (repr. London, 1968), nr. 4259 (p. 66); Munby, A.N.L. The Dispersal of the Phillipps Library (Phillipps Studies 5) (Cambridge, 1954), p. 72; Branner, R. Manuscript Painting in Paris During the Reign of Saint Louis (Berkeley, 1977), pp. 78-80, 218-219.
- Notes (language):
- Call #:
RARE BKS MS pf Med. 104 v.4
MS 1532 (no longer used)
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