The Furtmeyr Bible, 1465 CE

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The Furtmeyr Bible, 1465 CE

349.99

Language: Middle High German (ca.1050-1500)

Date: 1465-1499

Pages: 785

History: "The Furtmeyr Bible" is a German Bible adorned by the Regensburg Renaissance painter Berthold Furtmeyr (active 1460–1501). It contains, from the Old Testament, the books from Genesis to Ruth. After illuminating the so-called London Bible, his oldest surviving masterpiece, Furtmeyr began decorating what is now known as the Furtmeyr Bible, between 1465 and 1470. Furtmeyr, and his disciples, created three full-page miniatures: one portraying the donators and their families, another depicting the Virgin Mary breast-feeding Jesus. There is also a very striking “living cross” that comes at the end of the book. The manuscript came into the possession of Duke Albert IV of Bavaria, and the Munich Court Library, but was carried off in the Swedish invasion of Germany, during the Thirty Years War (1618-48). The Furtmeyr Bible finally returned to the successor, to its original home, the present-day Bavarian State Library, in 1960.

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.

Note: All of our facsimiles are made to order. Please allow 4-6 weeks for notification of shipment.

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