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The Start Of Genesis, In A Bible

The Start Of Genesis, In A Bible

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1260

Shelfmark: Royal MS 1 A.xix

Item number: f.3r

Length: 25.7

Width: 16.6

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

This is the start of the book of Genesis in a typical 13th-century Bible. It is written in two columns of tiny script, with a running title in the top margin, and chapter numbers in roman numerals in the side margin. The initial letter 'I' of In principio ('In the beginning . . .') extends almost the entire height of the page. On the final page is an erased inscription which has been read under ultra-violet light as the ownership note of the Cluniac Priory of St. Mary Magdalene, Monk Bretton, Yorkshire: 'Iste liber constat prioratui de Monkbretton'.

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