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Detailed record for Sloane 1521

Title Bible with prologues
Origin Germany, S., Austria, or Switzerland
Date 1st quarter of the 14th century
Language Latin
Script Gothic, written below top line
Decoration 32 large and smaller decorated foliate initials, mostly with partial foliate borders, many including figures or animals, in colours and gold, at the beginning of the books (ff. 1v, 3v, 47v, 57v, 65, 72, 73v, 110v, 129v, 132v, 149, 152, 156, 160, 168, 185v, 195, 196v, 201, 214, 228v, 245, 248v, 282, 297, 307, 313, 323v, 330v, 350, 364v, 369). Smaller puzzle initials in red and blue with pen-flourishing in blue and red. Small initials (2 lines) in red with blue pen-flourishing or in blue with red pen-flourishing. Small initials (1 line) in plain red or blue.
Dimensions in mm 145 x 105 (95 x 70) in two columns
Official foliation ff. 400 (+ 3 paper flyleaves at the beginning, and 4 at the end)
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1984.
Provenance Inscribed, 16th-century(?): 'Liber Johannis Gibsoni ex dono Guilihelmi Harris' (f. 400).
Inscribed, 16th-century(?): 'Liber Georgii Bromley ex dono patris sui Georgii Bromley' (f. 400).
Sir Hans Sloane (b. 1660, d. 1753), baronet, physician and collector.
Purchased as part of the Sloane collection from Sloane's executors and incorporated into the newly founded British Museum in 1753.
Select bibliography Catalogue of Additional Manuscripts: Sloane 1091-1598 (London: British Museum unpublished manuscript of unedited descriptions, 1873), no. 1521 [available in The British Library Manuscripts Reading Room].


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Decorated initial

ff. 1v-2
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f. 1v
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ff. 3v-4
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f. 3v
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f. 248v
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f. 248v
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Decorated initial

ff. 364v-365
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f. 364v
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