The St Albans Bible

 

On this St Albans Bible, see this blogpost.

I attempt here to record only leaves that have, or once had, a historiated initial at the beginning of the books of the Bible:

  • Numbers. Initial excised. Sotheby’s, 1983, part of lot 87
  • I Samuel. Hannah kneeling before Eli, who censes an altar. Houghton Library, MS Lat 471
  • I Kings. Initial excised. Sotheby’s, 1983, part of lot 87
  • I Chronicles. The descendants of Adam. Kansas City, Missouri, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Karen Gould Collection, MS 52 (formerly John Windle, Cat. 216 (2015), no. 8 [PDF])
  • II Chronicles. Initial excised. Sotheby’s, 1983, part of lot 87
  • Nehemiah. Initial excised. St Alban's Abbey (formerly Sotheby’s, 1983, part of lot 87)
  • II Esdras. Initial excised. Sotheby’s, 1983, part of lot 87
  • Tobit. The Blinding of Tobit. McCarthy Collection, BM1286
  • Song of Solomon. Initial excised. Sotheby’s, 1983, part of lot 87
  • Esther. Initial excised. Sotheby’s, 1983, part of lot 87
  • Psalm 26. The initial excised and replaced with a cutting from a bas-de-page depicting A lion between two trees. Tokyo, National Museum of Western Art
  • Psalm 38. David kneeling, pointing to his mouth, before God. Sotheby’s, 6 July 1964, part of lot 239 (ill.).
  • Psalm 52. The Fool, with ball and club. Duschnes, [1965], no. 16 (ill.). Sotheby’s, 21 June 1994, lot 17. Christie’s, 2015, lot 8 (col. ill.).
  • Psalm 68. David in water, below; God blessing, above. McCarthy Collection, BM2657b
  • Psalm 80. Two monks (singing?) at an open book on a lectern. Duschnes, [1965], no. 17 (ill.).
  • Ecclesiastes. The Judgement of Solomon. Duschnes, [1965], no. 18 (ill.); at The Gilded Lion, Princeton, in 2007.
  • Wisdom. Initial excised. Sotheby’s, 21 June 1994, lot 18(a); subsequently Fogg, 1995, no. 62 (ill.).
  • Ecclesiasticus. Initial excised. Sotheby’s, 1994, part of lot 17
  • Lamentations. Initial excised. Sotheby’s, 1994, lot 18(b)
  • Ezekiel. Initial excised. Sotheby’s, 1994, lot 18(c)
  • Daniel. King Nebuchadnezzar besieging Jerusalem. Sotheby’s, 1964, 239 (ill.)
  • Matthew. Missing by 1964
  • Mark. Missing by 1964
  • Luke. Missing by 1964
  • John. Missing by 1964
  • I Corinthians. St Paul giving his epistle to a messenger. Sotheby’s, 1964, 239 (ill.).
  • II Corinthians. Initial excised. Sotheby’s, 1983, part of lot 87; Sotheby’s, 5 December 1989, lot 23(2) and 19 June 1990, lot 47(4).
  • Colossians. Initial excised and replaced by modern illuminator. St Alban's Abbey
  • I Thessalonians. Initial excised. Robert Weaver, London (forermly Sotheby’s, 1983, part of lot 87)
  • I Timothy. Initial excised. Sotheby’s, 1983, part of lot 87
  • Hebrews. Initial excised. Sotheby’s, 1983, part of lot 87
  • I Peter. St Peter giving his epistle to a messenger. UC Berkeley, MS UCB 130:ff1200:19
  • I John. Initial excised. Boulder, University of Colorado, MS 345

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