1 MACCABEES 46-55 [= modern chap 12:15-14:44] “Simon Maccabaeus”. Medium sized mss. in Latin, 10.0″ x 8.2″. Handwritten and illuminated in England, c. 1215. Rubricated, with nine (9) pre-modern [pre-1220] Chapter numerals in Red and Blue w. scrolling “sparks” along the columns. Note unusual extenders on top line; many styles combined. FINE- condition overall; slightly shaved upper headings; repaired closed tears to upper inner margin and to lower margin into the text (see pics). Later marginal notations, probably c.1250, with modern chapter divisions inscribed over the older ones; the original divisions indicating a very early provenance as early as c.1200. COA on premium “gold leaf” paper. Text recounts the exploits of Simon, the second son of Judas Maccabaeus. Note: the majority of manuscripts in the 13th C. are smaller in size, about 6″ x 4″, and are found under the Trifold Portfolio Category.