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Scenes From The Book Of Genesis, In James Le Palmer's Encyclopaedia 'All Good Things'

Scenes From The Book Of Genesis, In James Le Palmer's Encyclopaedia 'All Good Things'

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1370

Shelfmark: Royal MS 6 E.vi

Item number: f.2r

Length: 45.2

Width: 30.4

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

James le Palmer (d. 1375) was a London Clerk who, as he tells us in the introduction, consulted over 100 different texts in compiling this vast encyclopaedia of canon law, theology, and general information. James wrote the book himself, which was a huge undertaking: in its present, unfinished form (the encyclopaedia runs out of steam after the letter 'M'), the text runs to well over very 2000 large pages, decorated with over 800 illustrations. An extensive series of prefatory miniatures depicts: God showing Adam and Eve the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil; The Fall; Cain killing Abel with a jawbone and then fleeing to the land of Nod in a horse-drawn cart; and God instructing Noah to build the Ark.

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