have seen many pages of illuminated bible manuscripts in museums
and books and see the word "INCIPIT" all the time
and I haven't figured out what it means. It seems to appear
at the beginning of the books of the bible. What exactly does
illuminated bible manuscripts each new text, whether a minor
prologue of St. Jerome, of only a dozen or so lines, or a major
biblical book, opens with an "Incipt" (the title identifying
the text) and closes with an "Explicit" (identifying
the text just completed).
the scribes, the early printers but the author and title of
the book at the top of the first page from the Winchester Bible
(c. 1160-1175) begins with "Incipt Prolog" . . . then
there's an "Esplicit Prolog" then continues with "Incipt
Liber Osee Pphe". This tells us where the Prologue begins
and ends and "Here begins the book of Hosea, the Prophet".
printers eventually made up their own language for their format
and didn't allow the handwritten manuscripts. But it is helpful
in knowing what a page is about if you know what "Incipt"