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The most beautiful Bibles / edited by Andreas Fingernagel & Christian Gastgeber

Fingernagel, Andreas. Gastgeber, Christian

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ISBN 10: 3836502992 / ISBN 13: 9783836502993
Published by Hong Kong : Taschen, 2008
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An exceptional copy; fine in an equally fine dust wrapper. Particularly and surprisingly well-preserved; tight, bright, clean and especially sharp-cornered. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 317 pages; Physical description; 319 p. : col. ill., facsims. ; 38 cm. At head of title: Osterreichische Nationalbibliothek. Includes bibliographical references (p. 306-312) and index of authors. Contents; Bible production in medieval monasteries -- From royal collection to National Library -- Textual traditions and editorial revisions : Bibles from their beginnings to the standardized Bibles of the 13th century -- Magnificence and grandeur : luxury Bible manuscripts -- Biblical exegesis from the Church Fathers to scholasticism -- Medieval versions of history in world chronicles and history Bibles -- The juxtaposition of the Old and New Testaments in typological picture Bibles -- Bible manuscripts of the Jewish and Eastern Orthodox faiths. Summary; In the beginning was the word, and in the Middle Ages was the zenith of the Bible. It was a time when bibles were commissioned by kings, princes, and high-ranking members of the Curia, whose wealth and influence begat ornately illustrated bibles of extraordinary craftsmanship."The Power and Glory of Illuminated Bibles" covers examples from every epoch of the Middle Ages, presenting the Bible as it was visualized in both theological and historical contexts. As the beauty and significance of the illustrations are undeniable, the manuscripts are also examined from an art historical point of view. Texts by Andreas Fingernagel, Stephan Fussel, Christian Gastgeber, and a team of 15 scientific authors describe each manuscript in detail and explore the evolution of the Bible as well as the medieval understanding of history that is inherent in these versions of the Bible; also included is a glossary of important terms so that those not versed in bible history can enjoy the texts as well. This sumptuous publication of these rare and significant manuscripts - reproduced with the impeccable quality and modest price tag for which Taschen is known - is a truly divine event. Subjects; Bible - Illustrations - History. Illumination of books and manuscripts - History. Christian art and symbolism - History. Illumination of books and manuscripts - Specimens. History of art: c 500 CE to c 1400 ; Illustration ; Biblical studies, criticism & exegesis. DESIGN / Book. 4 Kg. Bookseller Inventory # 224145

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Title: The most beautiful Bibles / edited by ...

Publisher: Hong Kong : Taschen

Publication Date: 2008

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: First Edition.

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In the beginning was the word, and in the Middle Ages was the zenith of the Bible. It was a time when bibles were commissioned by kings, princes, and high-ranking members of the Curia, whose wealth and influence begat ornately illustrated bibles of extraordinary craftsmanship. The Most Beautiful Bibles covers examples from every epoch of the Middle Ages, presenting the Bible as it was visualized in both theological and historical contexts. As the beauty and significance of the illustrations are undeniable, the manuscripts are also examined from an art historical point of view. Texts by Andreas Fingernagel, Stephan Füssel, Christian Gastgeber, and a team of 15 scientific authors describe each manuscript in detail and explore the evolution of the Bible as well as the medieval understanding of history that is inherent in these versions of the Bible; also included is a glossary of important terms so that those not versed in bible history can enjoy the texts as well.

This sumptuous publication of these rare and significant manuscripts reproduced with the impeccable quality and modest price tag for which TASCHEN is known is a truly divine event.

About the Author:

Stephan Füssel is director of the Institute of the History of the Book at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, and holder of the Gutenberg Chair at the same university. He has published widely on early printing, on bookselling and publishing from the 18th to the 20th century, and on the future of communications. Füssel is also the editor of TASCHEN`s Chronicle of the World and Luther Bible.

Christian Gastgeber studied classics and Byzantine studies at the University of Vienna. After receiving his doctorate in 2002, he joined the staff of the Byzantine Section of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, specialising in Greek palaeography and diplomatics. He is editor-in-chief of Biblos, a periodical for the history of books, libraries, script, and typography issued by the Austrian National Library in Vienna.

About the editor:
Andreas Fingernagel studied art history and archaeology in Salzburg and Vienna. From 1985 to 1989, he worked in the Manuscripts Department of the Staatsbibliothek Preussischer Kulturbesitz, Berlin, and later took part in research relating to the cataloguing of medieval manuscripts in Vienna`s Austrian National Library. He teaches at the University of Vienna.

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