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Pocket-Sized Bible

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Description This pocket-size Bible was created around the middle of the thirteenth century in England. It contains the Vulgate text of the Old and New Testaments, arranged in order and divided into chapters. Such Bibles, designed for individual rather than institutional use, began to be created on a large scale during the thirteenth century, especially in Paris. This manuscript is illuminated with a large number of small historiated initials, and also includes a somewhat later image of the Three Living and the Three Dead, a popular scene based on a French poem of the same century.
  • Illuminated Manuscripts: Masterpieces in Miniature. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984-1985.
  • Death and Dying in the Middle Ages. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1987.
  • The Bible Before Luther. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1992-1993.
  • To Hell and Back: Medieval Images of the Afterworld. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1995.
Provenance Mr. Hulinx Borum, England [1]. Léon Gruel, Paris. Henry Walters, Baltimore; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931. [1] folio 1r
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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ca. 1260; miniature additions ca. 1290-1300 (Gothic)
ink and pigments on very thin high quality parchment bound between red morocco covered with eighteenth-century gilt
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
Accession Number
Folio H: 5 11/16 × W: 3 3/4 in. (14.5 × 9.5 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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