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In its Overwhelming Wealth of Decoration
enchanting and — bewitching :
The Bible of King Wenceslas
( Wenceslas IV of Bohemia, Wenceslas I of Germany )
The Oldest German Splendid Manuscript
of the Old Testament
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.
Added like-wise in German:
One of 780 numbered copies only plus 30 others. – Vols. II ff. + commentary volumes also apart available; please ask for the conditions.
THE FIRST EXAMPLE OF AN OLD TESTAMENT IN ITS MOST PARTS
translated into the people’s language
here by Martin Rotlöw into the German soon after 1388 and contemporarily realized as a work of art in the miniature painter’s school at Prague established by the German Emperor Charles IV, Wenceslas’ father, and worked just for the latter, being in its decoration the crown jewel of the whole group of “Wenceslas’ (splendid) manuscripts”. Beauty and importance of this first German Bible-part are so extraordinary that even a “marketeer” saw a chance to make a deal with it as a take-along reduced to just a third (sic!) of its size. Here now the original edition as the only one sufficient to the pretensions of the original.
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