Historiated initial 'I' from the Walsingham Bible.

The historiated initial ‘I’ marks the beginning of the Book of Genesis: In Principio creavit Deus caelum et terram, or ‘In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth’. Each line of text is written in decreasing size, a decorative technique known as diminuendo. The

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Romans 11:24 - 32 and Philippians 4:14 - Colossians 1:2 from the Letters of St. Paul.

The Chester Beatty papyrus codex of the Pauline Epistles is the earliest book of Paul’s letters in existence. The original manuscript would have consisted of 100-104 leaves, of which 86 survive, split between the Chester Beatty and the University of Michigan. The codex was formed

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