6165. Manuscript leaf 14th c. Saint-Jacques' bible

OPENING LEAF FROM A COPY OF 'SAINT-JACQUES' BIBLE CONCORDANCE WITH TWO HISTORIATED INITIALS. Leaf from this important Bible concordance, France, early fourteenth century. Manuscript on vellum, in Latin, with two historiated initials opening prologue and main text, 55 lines of main text in three columns and red or blue paragraph marks.

With two large initials in red and blue with coloured penwork, enclosing God the Father as a seated bearded figure holding an open book with an alpha and an omega on its pages, and the Virgin and Child. Size of leaf 456x310 mm., each initial approximately 53x55 mm. Some minor soiling to margins, small burst (1 cm) to lower margin.

This concordance was produced by the Dominicans of St. Jacques in Paris, initially under the direction of Hugh of St. Cher by 1239, with two further editions subsequently in the later decades of the thirteenth century. It formed the basis of almost all subsequent concordances to the Bible and is one of the most important contributions of the Dominicans to biblical scholarship. Each headword is followed by the places in the text where the word occurs plus short quotations, in a format invented by the Dominicans of St.-Jacques (see M.A and R.H. Rouse, Authentic Witnesses: Approaches to Medieval Texts and Manuscripts, 1991, pp. 224-25, for discussion of the text).

Our thanks to Dr. Timothy Bolton for assistance in cataloguing this and the following 3 lots.