Medieval Bible Leaf with Generations of Adam


A finely decorated page from a Medieval bible highlighted with opulent liquid gold, blue and red pigments. The leaf features two columns of 44 lines of text, written in a popular Medieval and Renaissance gothic book-hand script, known as ‘letter bâtarde’. This particular leaf has one capitalised and enlarged initial, a large ‘A’ that extends down the left hand column, highlighting the word Adam.

Date: Circa 13th century
Condition: Extremely Fine.


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The beginning of the page refers to the Generations of Adam, a concept found in the book of Genesis, 5:1, stating Adam’s line of descent going through until Seth. Bible and Books of Hours are the most common surviving type of manuscript, but each copy was unique. As a result, books of this type offer some of the most interesting examples of medieval calligraphy and decorative practice. A rare example of a leaf produced in Britain from the 13th century.

To find out more about Medieval manuscripts please see our relevant blog post: Illuminated Manuscripts and Vellum Pages.

Weight 2.9 g
Dimensions W 13.9 x H 19.3 cm