Fragment from a leaf from a Bible or Gospel Book, in Latin, decorated manuscript on parchment. [France, first half of twelfth century].
215 by 350mm. Cutting from the top half of a leaf, with remains of double column of 14 lines in a large and imposing proto-gothic bookhand (John 18:39-19:3, 19:7-11, 19:15-19, and 19:23-25), without biting curves, references to Eusebian Canon Tables in margin in smaller script, running titles in same, initials in red or pale blue, recovered from reuse in a binding and with holes, folds, discoloured and scuffed areas, overall fair condition. The original manuscript was an impressive Biblical codex, written in outstandingly impressive script. It had 30 lines to a page, and so would have measured approximately 500 x 350mm.