Dutton, Paul Edward and Kessler, Herbert L. The Poetry and Paintings of the First Bible of Charles the Bald. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 1997. [xii; 137; 37 plates]. The First Bible was created for King Charles I of France (840-877), who also served as Holy Roman Emperor (875-877), at the monastery of Saint-Martin in Tours, and it contains four sets of dedicatory verses, seven sets of tituli (inscriptions associated with the paintings), eight full-page illuminations, and many decorated initials and minor illustrations. This book begins with an analysis of the poetry. The authors date the book at 845. The authors make an argument for an interpretation of the paintings in the book as a message to the young king from the canons of Tours. The probable poet of the verses is identified, as is a context for his political content given. Bound in maroon cloth with gilt lettering on the spine, dust wrapper illustrated. Both fine. The ninth book in the series of Recentiores: Later Latin Texts and Contexts.