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Bible fragments

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 MS 546, 576
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: Bible fragments
Date(s): [c1250]
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 2 leaves
Name of creator(s): Unknown
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Administrative/Biographical history:


Scope and content/abstract:

Three leaves, foliated 289, 294 and 300, from a dismembered Latin Bible of Parisian workmanship, possibly from the Carthusian monastery of Val-de-Benediction in Villeneuve-lès-Avignon, France. The leaves contain the texts of Jeremiah 50.3 to 51.18, Baruch 2.11 to 4.25 and Ezekiel 12.7 to 14.21. The fragments are dated to c1250, and there are marginal and interlineal notes in 13th or 14th century hands. With this manuscript are photocopies of two leaves from the same manuscript, from the collection of Dr B. Barker Benfield, sold at Sotheby's on 14 Dec 1978.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
Latin. Written in small compact bookhand.

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:

Access to the items in the collection is unrestricted for the purpose of private study and personal research within the controlled environment and restrictions of the Library's Palaeography Room. Access to archive collections may be restricted under the Freedom of Information Act. Please contact the University Archivist for details.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.

Finding aids:

See R Watson 'Descriptive list of fragments of Medieval manuscripts in the University of London Library' (1976).

Archival Information

Archival history:

The leaves are thought to have been in the possession of the Folio Society. Folio 289 (MS 576) was given to the University of London Library in 1963 by Miss Joan Gibbs, who received it from Dr Helena Chew. Folios 294 and 300 (MS 546) were bought from Bondy in 1961.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Allied Materials

Related material:

Other leaves from the same bible are now in the Bodleian Library, Oxford University (Ref: MS Lat bibl e 6); the collection of Mr. Mark Lansburgh, Santa Barbara, U.S.A., possibly among the manuscripts given by Lansburgh to Colorado College before 1967; and possibly the Dunedin Public Library (Reed Collection).

Publication note:

Leaves from this Bible were described in Bulletin of European Miniatures and Illumination, no. 2, Nov 1962. Similar leaves, possibly from this Bible, are listed in K.V. Sinclair, Descriptive Catalogue of Medieval and Renaissance Western Manuscripts (Sydney, 1969), and C. De Hamel, 'Descriptive Catalogue of the Medieval Manuscripts in the Dunedin Public Library's Alfred and Isabel Reed Collection' (1973).

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Sep 2001

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