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Bible of King Wenceslas, The (Codices Vindobonensis 2759-2764). Manuscript in the “textualis formata”, a gothic book type face modeled to the outmost perfection in two columns, in black and red. Prague about the end of the 14th cent. 530 x 365 mm. With numerous text initials, partly large-sized
654 miniatures + picture initials
on the biblical events in general and the symbolism of King Wenceslas’ Bible in particular and
numerous partly story-telling and really page-breaking
as a ne plus ultra of splendour .
All this in many colours inclusive of richest gold. Complete facsimile edition of the illuminated pages originally in respect of size, colours and hand-trimmed margins. 607 leaves or 1214 pp. in 8 vols. + documentary strongly reduced black-and-white reproduction of the text-only pages being unfinished relating to illustrations. Together 9 vols. 1981-98. Large 2°. Gold-stamped dark-brown leather on 5 ribs with the gold-stamped love-knot on front covers in slipcases with gold-stamped back-plate.
One of 780 numbered copies only plus 30 others.