Genesis - 2 Paralipomenon, Prayer of Manasses
Proll. and Capp. to Joshua
. Capp. to Judges
Ruth. Prol. Post Samsonem iudicauit
I Reg. Prol. Capp. (92v)
. 3 Reg. Capp.
Esdr. - Job (Proll.) (185r)
Prov. (Prol.) Ecclus. (233r)
Baruch absent: no unusual prologues
1, 2 Maccabees. The quire begins with the end of Rabanus's prologue, followed by Prol. Jeronimi,
Machabeorum Libri. The hand is that of the Psalter and other portions of the
Evv. Proll. Plures fuisse. Matheus
Acts, Catholic Epistles, Pauline Epistles
(Laodiceans follows Heb.)
A.d. millesimo quingentesimo sexagesimo.
In domino confido (etc.)
On the next flyleaves are old pencil notes, and (xv)
ora pro nobis”
With a sketch of a shield bearing a cross
Three scribes seem to be distinguishable. One writes the Pentateuch (?), Psalms,
Maccabees etc. Another is seen in Proverbs etc. The third in the Prophets and Epistles.
On the whole I believe the work to be French
In the book (at Ecclus. XXXV) is a contemporary book-marker, consisting of a disc of vellum
which revolves between two other pieces so shaped that only half of the disc is exposed. It
is inscribed in this wise:
See a description of a somewhat similar medieval book-marker in Wordsworth and Littlehale's Service-books
of the English Church, p. 280 (Methuen)
The historiated initials are interesting and spirited. The colours used in them
are as a rule pale. The subjects are as follows
Prologue. Jerome nimbed,
tonsured, under trefoiled arch facing R. writing, with knife in L. hand, at desk.
Buildings in spandrels. Gold ground
Genesis. Eight medallions (lozenge in quatrefoil). a. Christ holds globe with dove on it. b.
Points to clouds, c. Creates trees, d.
Holds moon and puts sun into sky. e. Half-length, buds below, f. Creates Adam: beasts on R. and L.
g. Sits blessing. h. Crucified with
the Virgin and St John. He is beardless in all these
A Stork or Crane on the projecting foot of the initial
Exodus. Moses takes off shoe.
Christ in flames on R. with scroll Moyses Moyses. Sheep
Leviticus. Man slaughters lamb on table on L. Man on R.
marks lintel of door
Numbers. L. God with scroll tollite
summam. Moses, the Israelites
Deuteronomy. Moses horned
addresses group on R
Joshua. Two priests bear ark : two blow trumpets
Judges. Battle of horsemen, chain-mail and
Ruth. a. Man and woman (Naomi and Elimelech?).
b. Ruth gleaning, c. Reapers
1 Regnum. Hannah in prayer at
altar on R. Eli listens on L.
2. Regnum. Zadok anoints Solomon (full-face). Another on R. holds crown. Fine
3 Regnum. Judgment of Solomon:
the dead child lies in front
4 Regnum. Elisha kneels and
receives the mantle of Elijah who ascends on R. in two
wheeled car drawn by horse
1 Paralipomenon. A king seated with joined hands crowned by
a priest on L. Two spectators
2 Paralipomenon. Solomon on L.
crowned directs four workmen, one mixes mortar, a 2nd climbs ladder, a 3rd has plummet,
the 4th listens
Prologue to Esdras. Josiah at
altar: people adore on L.
Tobit. Tobias with staff. Raphael points to Tobit on
Judith. Judith beheads Holofernes (crowned). Maid's head seen on R.
Ahasuerus stretches his sceptre down to b
Mordecai in broad hat, d
Haman hanging. Fine work
nude on dunghill, his wife on R.
Psalter. Beatus vir. Above. David plays harp, another plays fiddle. Below. David slings at and then beheads Goliath.
This is a splendid initial with very fine grotesques in the stalk
and foot of it
Dominus illuminatio. Christ. David points to his eye
Dixi custodiam. David seated
points to his mouth
Quid gloriaris. A man about to slay a young woman in
Dixit insipiens. David seated.
The fool with bauble and cake before him
Salvum. Above, two men cast out Jonah. Below, he emerges from the fish and grasps a tree
Exultate. David sits playing on
Cantate. Two coped clerks sing at desk
Dixit dominus. The Father and Son (both beardless). The
Dove descends between them
cxix (cxx) has a large decorative initial
Proverbs. Solomon on L. Rehoboam in green before him holding a ball
Ecclesiastes. A young woman seated. A young man in blue
also seated holds up a wreath of flowers and lays his hand on her arm
Canticum Canticorum. The Virgin seated, with the Child
Sapientia. Wisdom seated crowned with open book
Ecclesiasticus. Crowned man seated
nude bound head down between two posts and sawn by two men
Jeremiah. Ezekiel in bed. Above,
the heads of the four cherubic beasts (wrongly put here)
Ezekiel. The prophet seated with scroll
Daniel (Prologue). In the den, at window of a tower on R.
Lions' heads seen at opening below. On L. Habakkuk with food,
and angel above
Text. Decorative initial
seated with book.
sits nude under tree looking at Nineveh on R.
The remainder except Haggai and Zechariah. (which have no initial) have single figures
1 Maccabees. Alexander dying in
bed, two men listen to him, fine work
2 Maccabees. Nehemiah kneels
with people behind him. Christ seen in air on R.: below, a lamb among flames: fine
Matheus. Jesse reclines. Six
heads in tree above: one crowned
Lucas. writes on board on his
. looks at his pen
Acts. Four Apostles seated : Peter, Paul and two others
Catholic Epistles. Single figures and decorative
Romans - Philemon. Paul seated,
with or without sword
Laodiceans. Paul with