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Bible with Missal  


Bible with Missal
France, Paris, c. 122040

Historiated Initial I with the Fall of Man, Noah's Ark, and the Sacrifice of Isaac. The Book of Genesis in this Bible begins with a full-page initial I, decorated with three small, narrative roundels and four sinuous dragons. The roundels contain scenes of Adam and Eve with the serpent, Noah's Ark, and the Sacrifice of Isaac. The text is written in very small script so that the Bible would fit into one easily portable volume.

University of Pennsylvania, The Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Philadelphia, MS Codex 236, fol. 30v

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