Item 0102-24 - Bible leaf from William de Brailes' workshop

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Bible leaf from William de Brailes' workshop

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CA MRUASC C0003-S4-0102-24

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  • [ca. 1240] (Creation)

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1 leaf : col. ill., vellum ; 185 x 131 mm (written area 132 x 91 mm). Double column, 54 lines.

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Item is a leaf from an English pocket bible containing verses 22:12-24:39 of the Book of Ecclesiastes. Leaf features illuminated initials and marginalia including a partial English translation of verse 24:1 ("Wisedome shall prayse herselfe and be honored in god and rejoyse in the middes of his people :". The leaf was produced in Oxford in the workshop of the prominent manuscript illuminator William de Brailes.

A partial transcription of the leaf reads: Beginning nequissimi enim...: "For the wicked life of a wicked fool is worse than death... keep fidelity with a friend in his poverty, that in his prosperity also thou mayst rejoice... wisdom shall praise her own self, and shall be honored in God, and shall glory in the midst of her people and shall open her mouth in the churches of the most high, and shall glorify herself in the sight of his power... he said to me: let thy dwelling be in Jacob, and thy inheritance in Israel, and take root in my elect. From the beginning and before the world, was I created, and unto the world to come I shall not cease to be, and in the holy dwelling place I have ministered before him..."

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  • English
  • Latin

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  • Gothic

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Created March 13, 2019 by SD.

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