Golden Munich Psalter, 1200 CE

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Golden Munich Psalter, 1200 CE

249.99

Language: Latin

Date: 1200-1225

Pages: 350

Dimensions: 11.25 Tall x 8.75 Wide (inches)

History/Description: "The Golden Munich Psalter" is one of the most lavishly illuminated psalters of the Middle Ages. It includes 91 full-page miniatures, most of which contain gold, in five picture cycles that give an overview of the most important scenes of the Bible. Among these, several very unusual motifs, concerning heroic women, are especially noteworthy. With its calendar, the texts of the Psalms, 15 canticles, and ten prayers, this book was intended for the private use, and devotion, of an important noble lady. Although its English provenance has long been known, it was only recently that the origin of the manuscript could be determined more precisely. The manuscript reached the Bavarian State Library by the 1620s. Dynastic links between the house of Wittelsbach-Straubing-Holland, and members of the English aristocracy, in the 13th and early 14th centuries, could explain the manuscript's migration to continental Europe. It's origin was only recently able to be determined more precisely, due to close parallels with another dated calendar of known origin. It now seems probable that this book was commissioned, at an Oxford workshop, as a present for Margaret de Briouze, in honor of her marriage to the Nobleman Walter de Lacy II in 1201.

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. The end result is a binding that will last generations to come.

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