>We have several leaf books in special collections, and for an excellent introduction to this class of book, see Joel Silver’s article in Fine Books and Collections Magazine:
This is a leaf from an Armenian Bible (SUPPOSEDLY ca. 1121 AD). According to the description, it is a “fifth century translation by Mesrop written in the Hatian alphabet of thirty-eight characters (Iron writing) on early paper of the Near East. The Monophystic doctrine and many other “heresies” in the Armenian translation were a source of continual controversy with the Greek and Roman churches.” ACTUALLY, according to a colleague who knows at the Pierpont Morgan Library in NYC, this is a 17th century manuscript! Don’t believe everyhting you read! You can see that someone did a bit of censorship in the lower right hand corner–I wonder if it was a date reference??
Here is a leaf from a small manuscript Bible (ca. 1240 AD). “The Latin Vulgate version, usually attributed to St. Jerome, is here executed in angular Gothic script, eleven lines to the inch, on finest vellum. These small portable Bibles were produced in great numbers by the Dominicans (1250-1275) in the early days of the Sorbonne. It has been calculated that in the year 1250, it would have taken the earnings of a day laborer for fifteen years to purchase a manuscript Bible of this type.”