Bible of Compassion

Bible of Compassion – Müller & Schindler –

A symbiosis of a modern Bible and old book art: 350 wonderful miniatures adorned with gold leaf and drawn from dozens of the most beautiful religious manuscripts of the Middle Ages in a luxurious household Bible

  1. The most beautiful manuscripts from over 40 significant libraries worldwide were sampled for this Bible

  2. It is a compendium of 350 splendid miniatures, 270 of which are adorned with precious gold leaf

  3. Ten centuries of illumination are presented within a unique binding with a removable, ruby-adorned cross on the cover

Bible of Compassion

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Description
Bible of Compassion

The Bible of Compassion is not a facsimile in the strict sense. Rather, the texts of the Old and New Testaments have been brought together with more than 350 exquisite miniatures from medieval and Renaissance manuscripts in a luxurious German-language household Bible - 270 of which are decorated with gold foil. The small works of art were compiled from various codices kept in 40 of the most important manuscript collections in the world. They include book treasures from almost all epochs of Christian medieval illumination, such as the splendid Ottonian Strahov Evangeliary, the famous Romanesque St Albans Psalter and the ornate Gothic Hamilton Bible, as well as the monumental Salzburg Missal and the opulent Renaissance Bible by Federico da Montefeltro. The high-quality leather binding is also adorned with a ruby-studded detachable cross and fitted with two book clasps.

Bible of Compassion

Pope Francis I (b. 1936) announced that 2016 would be the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, a period of remission for sins and universal pardon focusing specifically on God’s forgiveness and mercy. To celebrate this special event, the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana helped to organize the creation of the most beautiful Bible of the 21st century, the Picture Bible of Mercy, a part of the sales of which is donated for the benefit of a children’s hospital in Africa. The 24 x 34 cm Bible comprises 1,024 pages and contains the German translation of the Old and New Testaments in the entirety. It is illustrated with 350 splendid miniatures, 270 of which are adorned with precious gold leaf, taken from the most beautiful manuscripts from over 40 significant libraries worldwide. These miniatures represent a sampling of ten centuries of illumination. It is housed in a hard leather binding with gilded embossing, corner fittings, and claps with a special removable cross with a ruby on the cover. The preface for the text was personally written by Pope Francis, adding further to the desirability of this singular Bible.
The miniatures featured in this extraordinary edition represent manuscripts including:
St Albans Psalter, Hildesheim Cathedral Library
Wenceslas Bible and Gothic Picture Bible, Austrian National Library
Strahov Evangeliary, Strahov Monastery in Prague
Mirror of Salvation, Czech National Museum
Stammheim Missal, Getty Museum in Los Angeles
De Lisle Psalter and Bedford Hours, British Library
Hamilton Bible, Berlin Museum of Prints and Drawings
Psalter of Saint Louis, Bibliothèque nationale de France
Salzburg Missal, Bavarian State Library
Bible of Federico da Montefeltro inter alia, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana

Codicology

Alternative Titles
Bibel der Barmherzigkeit
Size / Format
1024 pages / 34.0 × 24.0 cm
Language
Illustrations
356 miniatures (270 of which are decorated with gold foil) from various manuscripts from a period of 8 centuries; 571 ornamental illuminations; punched gilt edges
Content
Old and New Testaments

Available facsimile editions:
Bible of Compassion – Müller & Schindler –
Müller & Schindler – Simbach am Inn, 2016
Limited Edition: 2016 copies
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Bible of Compassion

Incipit Page

The word incipit comes from Latin meaning “it begins” and before modern title pages were developed, decorative incipit pages were used to mark the beginning of texts with large and highly stylized letters. This is a worthy example of an incipit page from one of the most richly illuminated Carolingian manuscripts, the Biblia de San Pablo. A dark purple background contrasts with glimmering rich gold and silver, furthermore the “IN” initial is further embossed with interlace patterns.

Bible of Compassion – Müller & Schindler –
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Bibel der Barmherzigkeit

The Creation of the World

This is the first miniature from the Stammheim Missal, a German Romanesque masterpiece created in the 1170’s with rich colors and abundant gold and silver leaf. The Creator, flanked by seraphim, holds a disc with roundels representing the six days of creation. Inscriptions from Genesis describe the events of each day: read clockwise, the cycle moves around the disc to God's creation of the animals.

The artist links this roundel to the center of the disc via an open channel, where the creation of Eve is shown. In the lower left corner, an angel drives Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden, while Cain kills Abel on the right. Between these scenes of woe, King David holds a scroll with a verse from Psalm 134: “All that pleased the Lord, he did.”

Bible of Compassion – Müller & Schindler –
Facsimile Editions

#1 Bibel der Barmherzigkeit

Müller & Schindler – Simbach am Inn, 2016

Publisher: Müller & Schindler – Simbach am Inn, 2016
Limited Edition: 2016 copies
Binding: Red leather with gold-plated clasps, fittings and an also gold-plated, removable cross with a small ruby on the book cover; Acrylic box
Commentary: With a preface by Pope Francis
Reproduction of the entire original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.
Facsimile Copy Available!
Price Category: €€€
(3,000€ - 7,000€)
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