Facsimiles with Luxury Bindings

Although not many, some medieval manuscripts were nevertheless furnished with a splendid cover, often with gems or ivory. Here you will find a selection of facsimiles with the most beautiful and most elaborate bindings.

Codex Aureus of Echternach

Echternach Abbey (Luxembourg) — 1020-1050

Made at the behest of Theophanu, adorned with a breathtakingly splendid cover: perhaps the most magnificent and beautiful manuscript of all time

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Lorsch Gospels

Aachen (Germany) — ca. 810

Held in the hands of Emperor Charlemagne, adorned with a masterful ivory cover: a world famous highlight of Carolingian book art

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Sacramentary of Henry II

Benedictine Abbey of St. Emmeram, Regensburg (Germany) - 1007-1014

Golden book decoration for the king: a political statement and an ivory-decorated masterpiece of Ottonian book painting from the St. Emmeram monastery

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Lindisfarne Gospels

Lindisfarne Abbey, Holy Island (United Kingdom) — ca. 700

Book art for eternity adorned with glowing carpet pages: the birth of Insular illumination and a style-defining masterpiece for centuries

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Coronation Gospels of the Holy Roman Empire

Palace School of Charlemagne, Aachen (Germany) — shortly before 800

Part of the Imperial Insignia, written in gold ink on purple parchment: each German emperor swore his oath with his hand on this book

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Speyer Pericopes

Speyer or Trier (Germany) — ca. 1220

A cover of precious stones, miniatures made of gold: an extraordinarily magnificent masterpiece for Speyer Cathedral

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Salzburg Pericopes

St. Peter'S Abbey, Salzburg (Austria) — ca. 1020

70 golden miniatures and enrobed with 12 masterful ivory plates: a unique treasure of Ottonian illumination

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Bamberg Psalter

Bamberg or Regensburg — 1220 / 1230

A binding with miniatures under translucent horn plates: the transition from the Romanesque to the Gothic in a cathedral treasure with gold-glowing miniatures

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Prayer Book of Lorenzo de' Medici

Florence (Italy) — 1485

Italian Renaissance art in filigree perfection: the wedding gift from Lorenzo the Magnificent to his eldest daughter Lucrezia

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Farnese Hours

Rome (Italy) — 1537-1546

Painted by Giulio Clovio: a unique and perfect fusion of the elements of Renaissance and Mannerist art

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Prayer Book of Elector Maximilian I of Bavaria

Germany — End of the 16th Century

Created in the court workshop of Emperor Rudolf II: realism and amazing details of animals and plants in a treasure of late medieval illumination

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Torriani Book of Hours

Italien — 1490-1495

For the Italian ancestors of the princes of Thurn and Taxis: a book treasure in a small format with a fascinating decorative cover

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