GKS 1377 4°: Biblia pauperum





GKS 1377 4°: Biblia pauperum

Parchment, 1 leaf, c. 23 × 16 cm; Germany, saec. XIV

Single leaf of a so-called Biblia Pauperum, with the Kiss of Judas in the central panel on the one page, and Judas and the silver pieces on the other

The accompanying text is in Low German, with tituli in Latin leonine hexameters

The fragment was discovered – along with ten other folios, all now lost – in the kitchen of a farmer on the island of Fyn c. 1700. In 1783 it turned up in the Royal Library among the papers of the historian and librarian Johannes Grammius (1685-1748). As one of the first medieval fragments it was included as an independent unit in the library's Old Royal Collection

Bibl.: Thomas Broder Bircherod, Dissertatio epistolaris de causis deperditarum apud Septentrionales & præsertim apud Danos Antiquitatum (1701), in: Dänische Bibliothec Tom. IV, Copenhagen & Leipzig 1743, p. 395-397. - Erik Petersen, Illuminatio. Texts and Illustrations of the Bible in Medieval Manuscripts in the Royal Library, Copenhagen. Transactions of the International Association of Bibliophiles, XVth Congress 1987, Copenhagen 1992, p. 91-96. - Erik Petersen (ed.), Living Words & Luminous Pictures. Catalogue, Copenhagen & Århus 1999, p. 57 nr. 76

Erik Petersen