Bible Pictures by William de Brailes, Facsimile, 1250 AD

Bible Pictures by William de Brailes, Facsimile, 1250 AD



Language: Old French

Date: 1250 AD

Page #: 80

Reproduction Dimensions: 11.75 x 7.75 IN

Price: $129.99

History/Description: This manuscript comprises 24 leaves of Bible pictures by William de Brailes, an English artist active in Oxford during the middle of the 13th century. Seven leaves from the same set of images are now in the Musée Marmottan in Paris. These 31 leaves are all that remain of an image cycle that once contained at least 98 miniatures, and which was the longest cycle of Bible miniatures surviving from the 13th century in England. In all probability, these Bible pictures were actually prefatory matter to a psalter (now Stockholm, National Museum, Ms. B.2010). De Brailes also composed and wrote the text in the form of captions that accompany many of the images, a pattern of production observable in other manuscripts made by him. One example is London, British Library, Ms. Add. 49999, a richly illuminated book of hours apparently intended for a female owner. William de Brailes is one of only two English artists of the 13th century whose name we can associate with surviving works. There are 11 manuscripts identified as containing miniatures in his hand. De Brailes has a quirky and chatty style, and is extremely gifted at turning Bible stories into paint.

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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