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The copy on vellum - Binding

By 1769 the Grenville copy was bound, as now, in red morocco, in two volumes, measuring 365mm by 288mm. The arms of Grenville were later superimposed. The last book of the Bible in volume I is Psalms, the first in volume II is Proverbs.

Thomas Grenville's coat of arms on the cover of volume 1
Thomas Grenville's coat of arms on the cover of volume 1. Larger image.

According to Paul Schwenke, 'Die Gutenbergbibel', in: Johannes Gutenbergs zweiundvierzigzeilige Bibel: Ergänzungsband zur Faksimile-Ausgabe (Leipzig, 1923), no. 30 at p. 15 this copy was previously bound in three volumes, volume I: Pentateuch - Ezra IV; volume II: Tobit - Ezekiel; volume III: Daniel - Apocalypse.

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1. The copy on paper
2. The copy on vellum
3. The 42-line Bible 'Bagford Fragment'
4. Why compare the copies?
5. The digitisation
6. Analysis of the Illuminations Using Raman Microscopy
7. Copies elsewhere in the UK

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