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Leaf from a giant "Atlantic" Bible c.1100  

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Manuscript leaf from a giant "Atlantic" Bible




c.1100 or earlier


Single leaf, on vellum, Carolingian script in ink on both sides, in two columns, 48 lines. 41.5x30.8 cm (16¼x12").

A rare and striking leaf from an early Atlantic Bible, so-called because of their large dimensions. The Bibles, about a hundred examples of which are recorded according the Université de Genève, were  produced between the middle of the 11th and the second half of the 12th century in central Italy, a product of the ecclesiastical reform of the second half of the 11th century. An excellent example of a medieval monumental bible, visually impressive.

The website for the Université de Genève goes on to note that "Leaving aside their giant size, which, while striking, is certainly not their sole characteristic, the absolutely unique characteristic of the Atlantic Bibles is their homogenous aspect and execution. These Bibles were produced in a very uniform Carolingian minuscule and present a specific iconographic ensemble, characterized by initials in geometric style placed at the beginning of each book of the Bible. They contain the complete text of the Vulgate. The giant format, physical execution and textual recension are all elements which have been conceived for a specific purpose: to make the Atlantic Bibles both the physical and the ideological symbol of the movement of religious renewal promoted by the Roman Catholic Church..."

Lot Amendments

Some discoloration and wear, several brown spots, a few small holes in margins, trimmed close; very good.

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