StorageSiteUCL Special Collections
Reference Number MS LAT/9
TitleBible (Latin)
Date14th century
Date213th century?
DescriptionBiblia Latina: parchment manuscript Latin Bible. Written in Italy, containing 69 decorated initials on blue background, some historiated, and or/overlaid with silver, red and blue flourishes, with well-preserved medieval painted edge decoration. Bound in early 20th-century in half-red goatskin and oak boards replacement. Written throughout by the same hand in a very neat, well-executed Gothic minuscule of the late 13th or early 14th century. An insert pasted inside (f 1*r), dated 1859, details the manuscript's later history.
Extent1 volume containing 626 leaves
CustodialHistoryThe original binding was removed when the manuscript was taken out of Spain many years before 1859. It belonged to a Spanish lawyer who, obliged to leave Spain owing to his political opinions, resided in England as a refugee for some years. The manuscript was rebound in England, c1856.
AcquisitionPresented to University College London in 1859 by William Steere, barrister.
AccessConditionsThe papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material, after the completion of a Reader's Undertaking.
FindingAidsDorothy K Coveney, 'A Descriptive Catalogue of Manuscripts in the Library of University College London' (London, 1935); N R Ker, 'Medieval Manuscripts in British Libraries' (London and Oxford, 1969); handlist at University College London Special Collections.
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