Brief Description of the Manuscript
Index of Selected Images from the Manuscript
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MS 12 was a donation of Barbara Weiss. It consists of 7 leaves (and 8 flyleaves) ruled in lead, with 2 columns of 48 rows of text in Gothic script. It is bound with corrugated board, leather spine, and corners from the 1930s. It has been dated to the 13th century and is of Italian origin.
The text in Latin includes part of the Old Testament: the end of the Book of Tobias (Tobit), the complete text of the Book of Judith, and the beginning of the Book of Esther. These texts in part or whole are often referred to as apocryphal or deuterocanonical books.
Two decorative initials and 2 historiated initials comprise the major decoration. The initials employ colors of pink, red, blue and burnished gold while feather-like acanthus leaves of pink, yellow-gold, and orange-red extend like vineleaves into the margins and gutters between columns. Additional decoration includes the marginal guide and small decorative capitals. The two historiated initials depict the heroines of their respective books, Judith and Esther.
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f.1r, Prologue to Judith
f.1v, Beginning of the Book of Judith
f.1v, Detail of Historiated Initial: Judith slaying Holofernes
f.7r, Beginning of the Book of Esther
f.7r, Detail of Historiated Initial: Queen Esther
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