MBS The smallest facsimile-edition in the world
- 5 months ago I saw the prototype in Vienna.
A very nice edition!
The facsimile was made in Graz, Austria :-)
PS: There exists a luxury edition of this facsimile;
with a copy of the original-casket
Psalterium Sancti Ruperti
(Stift St. Peter, Salzburg)
The smallest facsimile-edition in the world!
Product is ready for delivery up to 30.07.2007
Foundation library St. Peter, Salzburg Cod. A 1 0. Third-quarter of
the 9th century, most likely north eastern France. Complete colour
facsimile edition in original format 37x31mm. All 117 folios are
according to original border cuttings. front and back book covers out
of wood, two authentic, bicoloured trusses and a hand-stitched
headband with exposed book spine. The facsimile is delivered in a
wooden box. Accompanying the facsimile edition is a scientific
commentary that explains and clarifies the content, form and
appearance of the manuscript.
Subscription price valid up to the date of publication: 990,-
Retail price valid after publication date: 1380,-
Produkt-Nr.: SK_904; Verlag/Hersteller: Adeva
How small can a book be so that one is still able to read it? In this
day and age of computer-aided design in printing technology, the
creation of such a work is no longer unattainable. But, imagine if
you would, that on every page the size of only a matchbox, one must
write by hand a readable text! Such a feat nowadays, seems to us to
be almost impossible. Nevertheless, we find amongst the stock of hand-
written library Codices, a codex whose greatness lies in how
unimaginably diminutive it is: One of these precious rarities is the
Psalterium Sancti Ruperti from the library foundation of St. Peter in
Salzburg. The minuteness of this unique Codex is utterly
breathtaking: with pages only 37 x 31 mm in size the face of the
text was required to be precisely 33 x 25 mm and composed of 18
lines. The exquisite legibility of the text with a font size of 1.5mm
and a maximal line-spacing of only 1.2mm, bears testimony to the
masterstroke of the unbeknownst writers.
The Psalterium Sancti Ruperti, founded in the 8th century, rests
today in the oldest library on Austrian soil. The manuscript was most
likely written in the third-quarter of the 9th century in north-
The note of possession "Manuale psalterii sancti Rudberti episcopi"
found on the first page of the codex from the 15th century, is the
earliest evidence that the manuscript was the rightful property of
St. Peter Salzburg. Therefore, no connection can be made between the
monastery's founder, Saint Rupert and ownership of the manuscript.
In Image 2r, a portrait of King David with his harp (most likely a
Psalterium) is featured. Of course also included in this Carolingian
Psalter is the Incipit Beatus vir-Initial in gold ink against a
Rubricated Titles in Capitalis Rustica font and golden capital
letters make the start of the prayers and verses easily recognizable.
The sections of text written in gold against a crimson background as
well as the gold initials found in Psalms 1, 51 and 101 lead us to
believe that the customer of this magnificent manuscript probably
came from royal surroundings. The body of text was written down in
Carolingian minuscule. A special book binding feature is the open
book spine of the Codex, whereby the two trusses with booklet seams
and also two headbands are left visible. The rare binding of this
manuscript dates back to the late middle-ages. Up until now, no other
early middle-age codex with the aforementioned presentation has been
found therefore this Psalter is an absolute unique specimen of
early middle-age book production.
One opens the tiny-sized manuscript to find two prefaces:the
introduction of the holy Hieronymus from the edition of his
Gallicanum and the Prologue "Origo prophetiae Regis David" which
explains the development of the Psalms. There is much to indicate
that this minuscule Psalter was made for its' practical use and not
as a status symbol and from the abundant signs of handling, come the
evidence of its' frequent usage. It is indeed plausible that the
owner of this miniature Psalter wanted to carry with him this little
remembrance book at all times.
No publisher, up until now, has dared to produce so small a
manuscript in the form of a facsimile: in order to meet the standards
of a true-to-original reproduction, new manufacturing processes
needed to be conceived, as well as costly and expensive adaptations
for radiographic technology developed. The extreme care required
during the handling of the small pages and book covers was a special
challenge for the book binders.
With the aid of a special custom-built book binding apparatus, the
book binder must use painstaking care and accuracy to sew layer upon
layer together with two trusses to the book block. The work of
fastening the two wooden book covers on is performed on a scale of
mere millimetres, the most important requirement, for which, is the
highest possible degree of concentration and years of experience in
the art of book binding. As a result of this highly skilled and
professional work, we are able to present to you the smallest
facsimile in the world. It is for every facsimile collector and book
lover, a rarity and available only in a one-time print run of 980
editions world-wide. The facsimile producers of this manuscript have
brought an important reference of our cultural heritage out of the
secluded libraries that only a handful of scientists have had access
to and into a much wider circle of book lovers with interests in both
art history and history in general.
Down to the smallest detail, this true-to-the-original facsimile
edition serves as a complete substitute for the original manuscript
and in so doing offers a completely undistorted insight into the
aesthetic and spiritual world of the early middle ages.
Foundation library St. Peter, Salzburg Cod. A 1 0.
Third-quarter of the 9th century, most likely north eastern France.
Complete colour facsimile edition in original format 37 x 31mm. All
117 folios are according to original border cuttings.
A full-page portrait of King David, full-page initials at the
beginning of Psalm 1, 51 and 101, pages in text appear against a
crimson background and golden capital letters on nearly every page.
The binding is according to the true details of the original: front
and back book covers out of wood, two authentic, bicoloured trusses
and a hand-stitched headband with exposed book spine.
The facsimile is delivered in a wooden box. Accompanying the
facsimile edition is a scientific commentary that explains and
clarifies the content, form and appearance of the manuscript.