Germany, ?Westphalia, c. 1300.
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De civitate Dei; a complete bifolium (leaves not consecutive), double columns of 30 lines, rubric in red, initials touched in red, scribal corrections, with a large penwork initial ‘Q’ in red and brown with foliate infill, the extension a dragon’s body with human head, opening the prologue to Book V, ‘Quoniam constat omnium rerum’; folded in reverse, light staining below initial, remnants of previous mount in lower margin and at inner corners, but in excellent condition. Each leaf measures approximately 350 x 250 mm (written space 251 x 177 mm)
A handsome bifolium from a large folio copy of St. Augustine’s greatest work, a vindication of Christianity against pagan critics.
From the collection of the London bookseller Ifan Kyrle Fletcher (1905–1969).
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