IM-3188: (290x193mm) 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. Rubricated chapter numbers, initials and marginalia in red and blue. 49 lines of text in double columns. France: Paris, c. 1247.
One six+-line illuminated initial in blue with white tracery and an interior painting in colors of red, orange, blue, gray and gold, depicting the Prophet Joel reading from a scroll of prophecies The initial sits on a pink ground with white tracery and extends towards the top and across the bottom of the margin in blue, gold, orange, pink and white. One six-line illuminated initial containing a dragon in blue, gold, orange, pink and white, and extending along the inner margin. One four-line illuminated initial in blue with white tracery having an internal decoration in gold, blue, orange, pink and white, all set on a ground of pink and gold with white tracery and extending downward in the margin. Three two-four-line initials alternating in red with blue pen-work, & blue with red pen-work, extending into the margin.
The large size of the page is unusual in 13th century Bible production!
This leaf contains text from Osee (Hosea) 11:1 through 14:10; and Opens the Book of Joel.