The Bury Bible
blank except for scribbles of cent. xv viz.
To master Adam this be deliuered (?) with spede
Hec sunt nomina filiorum israel etc.
Full page initial to Jerome's Prologue
Incipit epistola beati Ieronimi presbiteri ad
paulinum in omnibus diuine hystorie libris
The letters after the initial being red, blue, crimson and green capitals.
The page is framed in double bands of gold between which are acanthus and vine patterns
of classical aspect
In the stalk of the F are three medallions framed in gold, and
with grounds of dark red representing:
a. A centaur galloping, with long green
shield, and lance with pennon.
b. A man in cap and cloak, his R. foot gone, wearing
a wooden leg attached to his knee, running after a hare which he is clipping with
c. A mermaid holding two fishes.
Below this a man with basket
The main ground of the letter is blue, and it consists of
conventional foliage in gold, red, green, pink, purple, blue, in which are introduced
bearded human heads with gold horns, a man with a mace, white birds, and two splendid
purple apes, drawn from the life.
The whole work is magnificent.
The leaf is a
Col. 1 is in coloured capitals, red, blue, green, yellow, and contains 13 lines of
8-10 letters each
Incipit prologus beati Ieronimi presbiteri in
libro Bresith idest Genesis
Magnificent initial D on a piece of vellum pasted on to the leaf
Explicit prologus. Incipiunt Capitula
Genesis has 79 capitula (wrongly numbered)
After this a leaf is unhappily gone, which must have contained the frontispiece to
(a double leaf) has seven lines of writing in red, blue, green and
Explicit liber Bresith id est genesis. habet versus tria milia
Incipiunt capitula libri Hellesmoth idest Exodi (xxi)
Two-thirds of f. 32v are blank. A picture has been stripped
The first column with the initial to Exodus and beginning of text in
coloured capitals (as before) is a patch stuck on
Explicit Ellesmoth idest Exodus habet versus quatuor milia
Capitula of Leviticus (xvi)
A picture which filled almost all of f. 54r has been stripped
Leviticus. Decorative initial, not stuck on
Explicit liber Leviticus qui hebraice dicitur vaiecra havet versus II
Capitula of Numbers (xxxi)
(double leaf). Frontispiece to Numbers, full-page. Double gold frame
with classical leaf-pattern on black ground
Two pictures. Above: Blue ground. On L.
the Father nimbed, with white hair and beard, seated upon clouds (red, blue and green
with jagged edges) holds a gold tablet with arched top. On R. the Son seated on similar
clouds, nimbed and bearded, holds a gold staff. Each points downwards.
is in purple over blue, the Son in red (purplish) over orange, over green. Their mantles
are edged with gold.
Behind each is a green panel.
Below. Blue ground with
green panel in C.
On L. a group of six men face R.; one leans on axe, one sits on
the ground. They are the people or the spies. On R. Moses
(not nimbed or horned) addresses them: behind him is Aaron
and a group of six or seven elders. Aaron is older
Names have been scribbled in cent. xv on the ground,
Decorative initial to Numbers, not stuck on
Explicit liber Numeri qui hebraice dicitur vaiedaber habet versus
Capitula of Deuteronomy (152)
Full-page frontispiece to Deuteronomy, double leaf
Border and backgrounds as for Numbers
Above. On L. the Son (?) nimbed, with golden rod. Moses
nimbed, horned and white-haired, holds book inscribed (xiv)
dicit dominus deus”
and addresses five men seated on R.
Below. Moses in C. horned, nimbed, white-haired, holding gold tables,
turns to four men on L. and points to a mount on R. on which is a tree with two white
birds, a blue ram? a purple goat and two red pigs. Flames(?), like the
the upper picture to Numbers, break out of the mount. This has to do with the law of
unclean beasts, etc.
Decorative initial, not stuck on
Explicit Addabarim quod Grece dicitur Deuteronium Latine secunda lex habet
versus duo milia sescentos
Prol. to Joshua and Judges
Tandem finito pentatheuco
Ihesus filius naue in typum
Capitula of Joshua (xxxii)
has been a double leaf with full-page picture, now stripped off