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  • arnobernoarno
    5 months ago I saw the prototype in Vienna. A very nice edition! The facsimile was made in Graz, Austria :-) Arno Gschwendtner PS: There exists a luxury
    Message 1 of 1 , May 30, 2007
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      5 months ago I saw the prototype in Vienna.
      A very nice edition!
      The facsimile was made in Graz, Austria :-)

      Arno Gschwendtner


      PS: There exists a luxury edition of this facsimile;
      with a copy of the original-casket

      www.skriptorium.at/catalog/product_info.php?
      products_id=904&osCsid=26481b63aabac35ff34ba092adaa0c07

      www.adeva.com/buchseite.asp?id=1559&produkt=Faksimiles&Kz=

      www.finns-books.com/rupert.htm


      Psalterium Sancti Ruperti
      (Stift St. Peter, Salzburg)

      The smallest facsimile-edition in the world!
      Product is ready for delivery up to 30.07.2007
      € 990.00

      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.

      PRESENTATION
      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-
      eastern France.
      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
      crimson background.
      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.

      CONTENT
      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.
      STORAGE PLACE:
      Foundation library St. Peter, Salzburg Cod. A 1 0.
      ORIGIN:
      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.

      BINDING:
      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.
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