Medieval Bible Leaf - ''May God have mercy on us & bless us...''


Original leaf from a medieval manuscript folio Bible with illuminations from the Johannes Grusch Workshop Latin gothic script, hand-written in brown ink, on animal vellum. (290 x 193 mm - 11.6 x 7.7") Rubricated chapter numbers, initials and marginalia in red and blue. 50 lines of text in double columns.   

France: Paris, c. 1247.

Formerly owned by the Royal Abbey of St. Genevieve in Paris.

Eight multi-line illuminated initials alternating in red with delicate blue pen-work, and blue with delicate red pen-work – extending into the margins and continuing the length of the leaf in red and blue; numerous one-line illuminated initials alternating in red and blue.                                                                                            

The large size of the page is unusual in 13th century Bible production!

The two-line illuminated ''E'' begins Psalms 60 – 66 (King James 61 - 67) complete: ''Exaudi…'' (Hear, O God, my supplication...Shall not my soul be subject to God?...O God, my God, to thee do I watch at break of day...Hear, O God, my prayer...A hymn, O God, becometh thee...Shout with joy to God, all the earth...May God have mercy on us, and bless us: may he cause the light of his countenance to shine upon us, and may he have mercy on us...)

The last two-line illuminated ''E'' opens Psalm 67 (KJ 68): ''Exurgat…'' (Let God arise, and let his enemies be scattered…). 

Shipped in archival 16x12'' mat.

  • Inventory Number: IM-9624