Bamberg Apocalypse, 1010 AD

Bamberg Apocalypse, 1010 AD


Bamberg Apocalypse

Date: 1010 AD

Page Number: 226

Facsimile Dimensions: 11.25 x 8.75 x 2 inches


The Bamberg Apocalypse is the most important manuscript of the Staatsbibliothek (State Library) of Bamberg. Scholars date the book to “around 1010 AD”. In addition to John's Book of Revelation (the final book of the Bible), the codex also contains a gospel book. This second part of the manuscript presents the texts of the gospels recited during mass, limited to the most important feasts of the Lord and of the saints. The content was not tailored to liturgical everyday practice.

One main scribe and two further hands wrote the codex on the island of Reichenau on Lake Constance. Its luxurious decoration makes it one of the most extraordinary creations of Ottonian book art. The text is illuminated by countless initials ornamented with scrollwork. Fifty large-size miniatures of great expressiveness accompany the Apocalypse. The gospel book contains five christological scenes. The second part of the text is preceded by a double-page image of a ruler (fols. 59v/60r): The left shows a youthful ruler, enthroned between the apostles Peter and Paul. Below, four female figures, who are identified as allegories of various people, bear gifts. The triumph of virtues over vices is visualised on the facing page. The illuminations have been attributed to the so-called Liuthar group of Reichenau manuscripts. Emperor Henry II (1002-1024) and his wife Cunigunde of Luxembourg (d. ca. 1033) donated the manuscript to the church of the Bamberger Kollegiatstift (Bamberg collegiate church of) St. Stephan on its consecration.

Link to the Museum of Reichenau on the island of Reichenau.

Reproduction Details:

Reproduction Details: The hardcover books are made with two pieces of real wood on the inside. The leather is a 4 oz cowhide, from a small supplier in New York state. The Glue we use to attach the leather to the wood is made at our facility, and is a period correct wheat glue. Along the spine, we use a modern perfect binding, with modern glue, to make the binding last longer. We also add three layers of mull cloth to the outside of the perfect binding, drying in between each layer, a traditional way to make the binding stiff, strong, and resilient.

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