Stonyhurst Gospel / St Cuthbert Gospel, Facsimile

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Stonyhurst Gospel / St Cuthbert Gospel, Facsimile

149.99

Language: Latin

Pages: 94

History: "The St Cuthbert Gospel", also known as the Stonyhurst Gospel, or the St Cuthbert Gospel of St John, is an early 8th-century pocket gospel book, written in Latin. Its finely decorated leather binding is the earliest known Western bookbinding to survive, and both the 94 vellum folios, and the binding, are in outstanding condition for a book of this age. With a page size of only 138 by 92 millimetres (5.4 in × 3.6 in) the St Cuthbert Gospel is one of the smallest surviving Anglo-Saxon manuscripts. The essentially un-decorated text is the Gospel of John in Latin, written in a script that has been regarded as a model of elegant simplicity.

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.

Note: All of our facsimiles are made to order. Please allow 4-6 weeks for notification of shipment. We have 4 books available in the leather pictured above.

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