Bible of Leo the Patrician


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Bible of Leo the Patrician

ALTERNATIVE TITLES – Codex Reginensis Graecus 1B – Regina Bible – Bible of Queen Christine of Sweden – Bibel des Leo Patricius.
FEATURES – Codex on parchment, 390 x 270 mm, 34 pp.
ORIGIN – Turkey (uncertain).
CHRONOLOGY – First half of the 10th century.
PATRONAGE – An introductory poem indicates that the volume was commissioned by a certain Leone Patrikios.
FORMER OWNERS – Christina Queen of Sweden (1626-1689).
GENRE – ChristianityBibles / Gospels.
CONTENTS – Books Genesis to Psalms. The Reg. Gr. 1B is the first and only volume that has survived of what was originally a two-volume work, containing the complete version of the Bible. Its miniatures were separated from the main manuscript and given their own shelfmark (Reg. Gr. 1B), but the folio numbers still reflect their positions in the original document.
SCRIPT – Greek minuscule.
DECORATION – 18 full-page miniatures.
STYLE – Byzantine.

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Bibbia del Patrizio Leone; Cristina di Svezia; de Léon le Patricien


Full-size color reproduction of one or more fragments of the original document: the facsimile reproduces the section of the manuscript containing the miniatures and which, also in the original document, has been separated from the textual part and given an independent shelfmark (Reg. gr. 1B). The facsimile reproduces as close as possible the codicological characteristics of the original document. The binding might not correspond to that of the original document as it appears at the present moment.
Publisher: Belser Verlag (Zurich, 1988).
Limited edition: 980 copies.
Commentary: Dufrenne Suzy, Canart Paul, Mango Cyril, Hutter Irmgard.

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