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DIE LAMBETH APOKALYPSE
Müller & Schindler, Stuttgart 1990 - Reproducing Two Magnificent Works of Art,Including a 13th Century Limoges Book Cover. 290 x 210 mm (11 1/2 x 8 1/4"). Text:; Box: 330 x 245 mm. (13 x 9 3/4"). Two volumes (including commentary volume in German). Commentary by Ruth Mettler, Nigel Morgan, and Michelle Brown. No. 23 OF 250 SPECIAL COPIES in the deluxe binding (apparently apart from a smaller version of this same facsimile issued by the same publisher in a run of 550 copies without the recessed enamel cover). The facsimile volume in maroon calf over bevelled boards, a sterling silver facsimile seal of the archbishop of Canterbury attached to the center of the front board, brass clasps and four brass corner guards, double raised bands; the companion volume in matching leather; both in a very sturdy leatherette box lined with cork, the commentary volume in the bottom of the box, a cork divider between it and the facsimile on top of it, another cork divider atop the facsimile, a leatherette lid with a wide handle, and, on top of it all, A STUNNING DETACHABLE REPRODUCTION IN GOLD AND ENAMEL OF A MEDIEVAL BOOK COVER DEPICTING CHRIST IN MAJESTY, the main part of the image within a sunken panel, and the whole attached with gold nails to a wood backing. With full-page frontispiece depiciting a Benedictine scribe being directed by the Virgin Mary and a talkative Christ Child, first page with eight-line historiated initial featuring elaborate extension into lower margin inhabited by a peacock, 78 half-page miniatures of scenes from Revelations illuminated with 23-karat gold, 28 half-page miniatures (two per page) depicting Christian legends, and 14 full-page miniatures of the Virgin Mary, Christ, and various saints. With color prospectus and publisher's certificate of authenticity laid in. A couple of faint scratches to covers of commentary volume, otherwise a virtually mint copy. This is a most remarkable large-format facsimile in that it reproduces two magnificent works of art--the Lambeth Apocalypse and a memorable 13th century Limoges book cover. The Lambeth Apocalypse dates to the 13th century, when Medieval English book illustration was at its peak. The subtle colors (predominantly pink, mint green, blue, and a dull orange), are very well reproduced, and the use of actual gold leaf on many of the images enhances the verisimilitude. The figures are graceful and attenuated, the folds of the garments are crisp, and the monsters and demons are fittingly gruesome. In addition to illustrations of John's mystic revelations, the manuscript includes some striking full-page images, among them the Virgin and Child, the Crucifixion, the risen Christ with Mary Magdalene, the martyrdom of Saint Sebastian, and St. Catherine of Alexandria. Currently in the Victoria and Albert Museum, our gold and enamel book covering beautifully recreates a French cover produced in Limoges around the year 1300. Its image depicts Christ in Majesty, much as he was sculpted over church doors of the period, enthroned as king of heaven and surrounded by the four winged creatures, as described in the Apocalypse. The original manuscript was commissioned by Lady Eleanor De Quincy, Countess of Winchester (ca.1230-74), who is probably the woman kneeling at the feet of the Virigin in one of the full-page miniatures. The peacock on the first page of text may indicate that the work was done in a London workshop known to use that signature. The book was later owned by Elizabethan book collector, John, Lord Lumley (1534-1609) before passing into the Royal Library and becoming part of the founding collection of the Archbishop of Canterbury's library at Lambeth Palace. There is a great deal of hand work involved in the text and especially the cover here, and the final achievement represents facsimile production of extraordinary quality. No. 23 OF 250 SPECIAL COPIES in the deluxe binding (apparently apart from a smaller version of this same facsimile issued by the same publisher in a run of 550 copies without the rece [Attributes: Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Phillip J. Pirages Rare Books (ABAA)]
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