OPENING OF II MACCABEES
AN ILLUMINATED VELLUM MANUSCRIPT LEAF WITH AN HISTORIATED INITIAL, FROM A BIBLE IN LATIN
Price: 2,250.00 USD
France [probably Paris]: ca. 1260. 160 x 100 mm. (6 1/4 x 4"). Double column, 43 lines in a fine gothic pearl script. Attractively matted. Rubrics in red, capitals struck in red, running titles and chapter numbers in red and blue, a small initial with elaborate penwork, and A SIX-LINE HISTORIATED INITIAL DEPICTING TWO REMONSTRATING MEN, one in robes, one in tunic and hose, both with upraised fingers, painted in pink, blue, green, and red, the capital with a seven-line ascender and a long descender into the tail margin, terminating in a snake-like creature extending horizontally the width of the column. With faded marginalia in an informal hand. Light overall soiling, but an excellent leaf, fresh and pleasing, with well-preserved decoration. While the initial cannot convey the scale of the conflict depicted in the Book of Maccabees, the nature of the biblical narrative is nevertheless suggested by the altercation depicted on the present leaf.