Date: 12th Century
History: "The Codex Gigas" is the largest extant medieval manuscript in the world. It is also known as the Devil's Bible, because of a large illustration of the devil on the inside and the legend surrounding its creation. It is thought to have been created in the early 12th century, in the Benedictine monastery of Podlažice in Bohemia (modern Czech Republic). It contains the Vulgate Bible, as well as many historical documents, all written in Latin.
Description: The original's dimensions are 36in tall by 20in wide and 9in thick. The weight is a staggering 165 pounds! Our reproduction is still very large, but a smaller version of the original. Our 17.5in tall x 12in wide x 4in thick. The final weight is 30 pounds.
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: We are doing a small production run of 10 Codex Gigas. They will take 45 days to produce and ship. Please inquire about international shipping.