Genesis

f. 2 initial F, for the Prologue to Genesis composed by St Jerome, translator of the Bible, beginning with the word 'Frater'.  A figure wearing a mitre, is shown in the upper bar of the initial, writing at a desk, inspired by an angel leaning out of a cloud.  The more common choice for the opening prologue initial is Jerome himself, who was not a bishop, but two other bibles stylistically related to Lampeter 1 also chose a mitred figure to illustrate the Frater prologue.  It is most likely St Paulinus, bishop of Nola, to whom Jerome's Prologue is addressed. The related bibles are: Sotheby's 2 December 1986, lot 38, f. 1, and the Huth Bible, London, BL Add. 38114 f. 1. 

Genesis

Above the frame of the initial F are 5 roundels of scroll-work containing apes playing a trumpet, a portative harp, bagpipes; and one dancing, another standing.  An archer shooting birds is perched on border terminals, along with more apes, a squirrel, and a dog chasing a hare. Below are 12 musical animals and birds in roundels, a marginal trumpeter, 2 angels and the Crucifixion with Mary and John, with four more roundels below.   

Genesis

On the right border, two women hold out babies for rides on the back of a bear, led on a chain by a keeper holding a stick. The musicians and dancers reappear in the Huth Bible as does the motif of mothers, babies, and rides on a bear, the latter placed at the bottom of the Creation miniature for the opening of Genesis in the Huth Bible (f. 5).

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