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Bible (Genesis - Psalms)

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ff. 1-273v: Bible, Genesis - Psalms, some books in non-canonical order with, for the most part, the common set of prologues (as in Ker, MMBL below). Frater ambrosius tua michi…/…Omne quod spirat laudet dominum alleluia./ Explicit liber psalmorum. Epistola (Stegmüller 284); Pentateuch (Steg....

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Colophon on f. 245: "Finita est haec prima pars bibliae Anno domini Mo cccco liiiio. Scripta in domo clericorum Zwolle."


1454, written at St. Gregory house (Fraterhuis), Brethen of the Common Life, Zwolle, Germany; after writing, sent or sold to Cologne [see note 1]. 1909, deposited at the MFA by an unidentified source. (Accession date: January 1, 1909) NOTES: [1] In Cologne, the painted initials were added to the entire volume and the penflourished initials completed.

Credit Line

Source unidentified

Netherlandish (Zwolle); German (Cologne), Medieval (Gothic), 1454

Place of Manufacture

Zwolle, The Netherlands


Overall (page dimensions): 36.4 x 26.5 cm (14 5/16 x 10 7/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Tempera, gold leaf, pencil (modern), and ink on parchment; bindings of calfskin over boards, bronze, and leather




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