Codex Vaticanus Latinus 39

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Publisher: Belser
Category: Arts &tc.

An abundantly illuminated 13th century manuscript of the New Testament from the Vatican Library. A facsimile edition published by the Swiss based Belser Verlag in 1984.
The explanotary text of the miniatures written by Giovanni Morello and Ulrich Stockmann.

A blindstamped full calf binding over wooden boards with the spine divided in four compartments by three raised bands. Many of the illustrations heightened in gold, together with a great number of beautiful initials throughout the work.

This magnificent facsimile edition accompanied by a cloth bound volume with the explanatory text, the whole together in a cloth case with the title on a label affixed to its front board.

The colofon reads:
Reproduktion: Belser Studio, Vatikanstadt,
unter Einsatz des Laserscanners DC 300 mit Chromaskop
der Firma Hell-Siemens, Kiel
Grafisches Atelier Gerd Preiss, Gerlingen
Druck: Franz W. Wesel, Baden-Baden
Papier: Papierfabrik Scheufelen, Lenningen
Vergoldung: Heinz Deuschle, Graphische Werkst
ätte, Göppingen
Buchbinder: Ernst Ammering, Ried in Immkreis

On the website the following is written about this facsimile edition:

The facsimile codex is an exact replica of the 348-page manuscript in its original format (15 x 20 cm).

  • Bound in hand-tooled leather.
  • The application of gold, silver and bronze leaf in the original manuscript was replicated in the facsimiles.
  • Press run: 600 numbered and certified copies for distribution to collectors and libraries all over the world.

An outstanding production of a facsimile edition which required great craftsmanship. This limited edition was printed in a run of only 550 numbered copies of which this copy is nr. 395, while an additional 50 copies were produced for the Vatican, numbered PI ~ PL and finally another 60 copies, numbered I ~ LX for non-commercial use.

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