On December 20 in New York, Sotheby's sells a complete Hebrew Bible of great luxury assembled as a codex of 476 folios, lot 191 estimated $ 3,5M.
About one working year had been required for its multi-disciplinary team, from the parchment preparer to the binder. The main scribe writes the text while leaving blank the necessary surface for illuminations and marginal notes. The vowels are added by other scribes with another ink color in a thinner line. A controller ensures the conformance of the text sequence.
The parchment is very bright and regular. The writing is by the same hand throughout the book, unlike the mostly non-figurative illuminations that differ according to the texts. The binding is later.
The features of this book, including its almost square format 24 x 19 cm and the layout of most texts in two columns per page, allow to attribute it to the Castilian workshops in the first half of the fourteenth century. The Islamic influence of some ornaments confirms that the ecumenism of King Alfonso was not lost at that time. This dating is consistent with the year 5127 (1366 CE) inscribed on one page by an early owner.
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