The Dover Bible, Volume I
Incipit ordo librorum catholicorum qui in ecclesia romana
ponuntur in anni circulo ad legendum
In octauas theophanie eosdem psalmos easdemque lectiones quas in
theophania preter has festiuitates quas superius diximus
Incipit prologus Jeronimi presbiteri
f. 4 (frontispiece to Genesis with word IN) gone
: four lines in large
Explicit liber Bresith id est Genesis. Incipiunt capitula
libri Hellesmoth idest Exodus
Initial to Exodus of fine conventional foliage on blue ground. It contains a bust
of Jacob in medallion in the cross-bar of the H and busts of
the twelve patriarchs in four groups of three below
Capitula to Leviticus (89)
Initial to Leviticus: decorative, contains lion and dragon
Capitula to Numbers (74)
Initial to Num. (L.) containing six busts in medallions,
the topmost one an angel, the others men
Capitula to Deuteronomy (154)
Initial to Deuteronomy (H). Above, on blue ground, Moses nimbed, pointing to Mons Horeb on L. and
holding scroll which hangs down into the lower half of the letter, inscribed, in
wonderfully fine capitals:
“sufficit vobis quod in hoc monte mansistis”
. Below, two
groups of men (five in each) on yellow ground, receiving the scroll
Explicit ad dabarim quod grece dicitur deuteronomium VIDC (=
Praefatio in Josue
Decorative initial to text
Capitula to Judges (18)
Initial. IOSVE ET CALEPH,
two figures on brown ground robed, each holding sword and shield, one shield (L.) is or seven bends sinister vert, the other
checky of az. and arg. a chief or fretty sable
Explicit liber soptim id est iudicum V II DCCL
Decorative initial to Ruth, with dragon and grotesque
head: bust of Ruth in medallion
Prologue to Kings
Capitula of 1, 2 Reg. (96)
Initial. Blue panel on green. Goliath in mail shirt,
peaked helmet, kite-shaped shield, long spear. David small on
L. slings at him. At the tail of the letter Goliath fallen,
with broken spear, helmet fallen off showing nose-piece. David stands on him and beheads him
2 Reg. Initial. David
throned rends his clothes, a courtier at each side weeps. The Amalekite kneels on L.
holding up crown and ring. At the tail of the letter, a man beheads the
Capitula of 3, 4 Reg. (86)
3 Reg. Decorative initial
4 Reg. Initial. Blue ground, coloured clouds above.
Christ nimbed in car drawn by two dappled horses surrounded by red flames (He holds the
reins) grasps the wrist of Elijah on L. who is in a single
brown garment. Below his feet the mantle. At bottom Elisha
looks up and holds scroll (damaged)
“Pater mi Pater mi currus Israel et auriga
Prologue to Isaiah
Nemo cum prophetas
Initial. Isaiah (on blue and green ground) with scroll
“ve genti peccatrici”
. He holds his hand to his face
Prologue to Jeremiah
Ieremias propheta cui
Initial. Christ (Α̂ and ω̂ on the background)
“Prophetam in gentibus dedi te”
. Outside the letter, on brown ground,
Jeremiah (beardless). Above him the words
“A, A, A,
Lamentatio ieremie prophete
Et factum est
Finit lamentatio Jeremie prophete. Oratio Jeremie prophete (Lam. v)
Explicit liber Jeremie prophete secundum
Ezechiel propheta cum loachim
Danihelem prophetam iuxta
Initial. Daniel pointing upward to bust of Christ.
“cum venerit sanctus sanctorum cessabit unctio”
Prologue to Twelve Prophets
Hos. Initial. Hosea with scroll in both
“Recte vie domini iusti ambulabunt in eis”
Joel. Initial. Joel nimbed with scroll.
“Magnus enim dies domini et terribilis valde”
Amos. With scroll.
“Ve desiderantibus die(m
Obadiah with scroll.
“In monte Sion erit salvatio et
Jonah baldheaded, with scroll in both hands.
xl dies et ninive subvertetur”
. Below his feet the fish, with Jonah's head protruding from its mouth
Micah, beardless with scroll.
“Erit mons domus domini
preparatus in vertice montiunt”
Initial. Nahum with scroll. Dominus patiens est et
Initial. Habakkuk with hand to head and scroll.
“Domine audivi auditionem tuam et timui”
Initial. Zephaniah nimbed with scroll.
convertetur in tenebras et luna in sanguinem”
Initial. Bust of Haggai in medallion at top with
scroll. Ecce veniet desideratus cunctis gentibus
Initial like the last, scroll.
“Exulta satis filia syon ecce rex tuus
Initial. Malachi beardless with scroll.
cogitare diem adventus domini”
Each of the minor prophets is described in title and colophon as