Date: 12th Century
The Codex Gigas is the largest extant medieval manuscript in the world. It is also known as the Devil's Bible because of a large illustration of the devil on the inside and the legend surrounding its creation. It is thought to have been created in the early 12th century in the Benedictine monastery of Podlažice in Bohemia (modern Czech Republic). It contains the Vulgate Bible as well as many historical documents all written in Latin.
The originals dimensions are 36in tall by 20in wide and 9in thick. The weight is a staggering 165 pounds!
Our reproduction is still very large but a smaller version of the original. Our 17.5in tall x 12in wide x 4in thick. The final weight is 30 pounds.
The hardcover books are made with two pieces of real wood on the inside. The leather is a 4 oz cowhide from a small supplier is New York state. The Glue we use to attach the leather to the wood is made at our facility and is a period correct wheat glue. Along the spine we use a modern perfect binding with modern glue to make the binding last longer that the older style. We also add three layers of mull cloth to the outside of the perfect binding , drying in between each layer, the mull cloth is a traditional way to make the binding stiff and strong.
We are doing a small production run of 10 Codex GIgas. They will take 45 days to produce and ship. Please inquire about international shipping.