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A Bible with 471 folios (ff.) and 7 leaves: ff. 1 - 426v: Bible, Old and New Testaments, most with the common prologues: Pentateuch; Joshua; Judges; Ruth; Kings I-IV; I Chron.; II Chron.; Ezra; Nehemiah; Tobias; Judith; Esther; Job; Psalms; Proverbs; Ecclesiastes; Cantica Canticorum; Sapientia;...

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f. 464: Colophon: "Dextram scribentis Benedicat lingua ligentis. Finito libro sit laus et Gloria cristo. Gloria iesu." French dealer's notes presenting the manuscript and describing the printing process, dated 1744, on f. i (parchment flyleaf); Bookplate of Matthias Bruen (1793 - 1829, New York City, NY) with arms and motto "Fides scutum" inside front cover; late nineteenth-century English notes (possibly Bruen's) on second paper flyleaf; MFA bookplate inside front cover.


1744, French dealer's notes [see note 1]. Matthias Bruen (1793 - 1829), New York, NY [see note 2]; by 1895, by descent to his daughter, Mrs. Charles C. Perkins (Frances D. Bruen) (d. 1909) [see note 3]; 1909, by descent to her son, Charles B. Perkins; 1922, sold by Charles B. Perkins to the MFA for $1500 [see note 4]. (Accession Date: March 2, 1922) NOTES: [1] Found on f. i (parchment flyleaf). [2] Bookplate of Matthias Bruen with arms and motto "Fides scutum" inside front cover. [3] From 1895 until 1909, this manuscript was on loan to the MFA from Mrs. Charles C. Perkins. Following her death, ownership was transferred to her son and heir Charles B. Perkins. [4] MFA accession numbers 22.375-22.379 were purchased together for $1500.

Credit Line

Frank S. Adams Fund

French, Medieval (Gothic), about 1250–1300

Place of Manufacture

Northern France


Overall (page dimensions): 17.9 x 13.2 cm (7 1/16 x 5 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Tempera and ink on parchment; bindings of French red morocco leather over boards with gilding and compartments with brown morocco leather




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