The Furtmeyr Bible, 1465 CE

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The Furtmeyr Bible, 1465 CE

349.99

The Furtmeyr Bible

 

Date: 1465-1499

Language: Middle High German (ca.1050-1500)

Pages: 785


 

 

This German Bible adorned by the Regensburg Renaissance painter Berthold Furtmeyr (active 1460–1501) contains, from the Old Testament, the books from Genesis to Ruth. After illuminating the so-called London Bible, his oldest surviving masterpiece, Furtmeyr began decorating what is now known as the Furtmeyr Bible between 1465 and 1470. Furtmeyr and his disciples created three full-page miniatures: one portraying the donators and their family, another of the Virgin Mary breast-feeding Jesus, and a striking “living cross” that comes at the end of the book.

 

The manuscript came into the possession of Duke Albert IV of Bavaria and the Munich Court Library but was carried off in the Swedish invasion of Germany during the Thirty Years War (1618-48). The Furtmeyr Bible finally returned to the successor to its original home, the present-day Bavarian State Library, in 1960.

 

Reproduction Details:

The hardcover books are made with wood and either cowhide or soft lamb skin. The binding is a combination of modern and old world techniques. We perfect bind the book block first, then the book is hand sewn (oversewn style) into 20 page signatures and then multiple layers of mull cloth are applied. Drying in between each layer. The end result is a binding that will last generations to come.


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