Prayer Book of Georg II of Waldburg

Prayer Book of Georg II of Waldburg

Swabia (Germany) — 1476

One of the only illuminated German prayer books to survive today is adorned with 46 miniatures of exceptional quality

  1. Georg II von Waldburg (1430-82) was a Swabian nobleman and imperial steward

  2. This splendid prayer book was made for he and his wife Countess Anna von Kirchberg (ca. 1436-84)

  3. The comprehensive illumination of the manuscript includes images inter alia of the Arma Christi

Prayer Book of Georg II of Waldburg

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  2. Facsimile Editions (1)
Description
Prayer Book of Georg II of Waldburg

The Waldburg Prayer Book was created in 1476 for the Swabian nobleman Georg II von Waldburg (1430-82) and his wife Countess Anna von Kirchberg (ca. 1436-84). Like many other members of the House of Waldburg, Georg II was a Truchsess, a seneschal or steward ruling over Swabia during the absence of the Holy Roman Emperor. Two features of the German manuscript make it a rare treasure of illumination: first, it is one of the few ornately furnished prayer books written in the German language to survive today; second, is features an extremely comprehensive image program consisting of 46 exceptional miniatures depicting e.g. the Arma Christi or the anointing hand of God.

Codicology

Alternative Titles
Waldburg-Gebetbuch
Gebetbuch Georgs II. von Waldburg
Size / Format
122 pages / 17.5 × 13.2 cm
Origin
Germany
Date
1476
Style
Language
Script
Gothic Textura
Illustrations
46 richly adorned and partly gilded and silvered miniatures; Countless decorated initials

Available facsimile editions:
Waldburg-Gebetbuch
Deuschle & Stemmle – Darmstadt, 1986
Limited Edition: 600 copies
Facsimile Editions

#1 Waldburg-Gebetbuch

Deuschle & Stemmle – Darmstadt, 1986

Publisher: Deuschle & Stemmle – Darmstadt, 1986
Limited Edition: 600 copies
Binding: Tooled leather binding
Commentary: 1 volume by Hansmartin Decker-Hauff, Wolfgang Irtenkauf and Gerhard Konzelmann
1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size) 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.
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