Illuminated Manuscripts

Bible leaf manuscripts, on animal skin (vellum), were produced in monasteries or Bible workshops from about 1210, when Chapters were first introduced, until about 1340 when the Black Death swept through Europe. Most of these manuscripts were in small "pocket" formats, 6" x 4" and 7" x 5", for wealthy clergy and wealthy crusaders. Larger Bibles, 12" x 8", were reserved mostly for churches and monasteries. In general, the larger the Bible and the finer the vellum, the "richer" the client - and the more valuable the leaf!

Our manuscripts are preserved in several formats, depending on their SIZE:

Tri-fold Portfolio — for manuscripts approx. 6" x 4"

Bifold-Portfolio — for manuscripts approx. 7" x 5" and 11.5" x 8.5"

Manuscripts or leaf-sets may also be found under Exceptional Items.