Paupers' Bible, 1414 AD

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Paupers' Bible, 1414 AD

199.99

Language: Latin

Date: 1414-1415

Pages: 223

Dimensions: 11.25 Tall x 8.75 Wide (inches)

History: "The Paupers’ Bible" was commissioned by Abbot Petrus I of the Benedictine Abbey, of Metten in Bavaria, and was completed in 1414–1415. To carry out his demanding program of manuscript creation, the abbot engaged artists of note, who were well versed in the tradition of Bohemian illumination. Said to contain the summa of the religious knowledge of its time, the many important texts in the manuscript include: the “figured poem” De laudibus sanctae crucis (In honor of the Holy Cross) by Rabanus Maurus (died, 856); the Biblia pauperum itself, and the treatise De sacro altaris mysterio (Concerning the sacred mystery of the altar) by Pope Innocent III (died, 1216). The Gospels at the beginning of the manuscript, together with the fine binding into the covers, of which relics of saints are incorporated, form a plenary reliquary. The manuscript resides in the Bavarian State Library, in Munich, Germany.

Reproduction Details: 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 in 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. We also add three layers of mull cloth to the outside of the perfect binding, drying in between each layer, a traditional way to make the binding stiff, strong, and resilient. The end result is a binding that will last generations to come.

Note: All of our facsimiles are made to order. Please allow 4-6 weeks for notification of shipment.

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