Apocalypsis Johannis

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Apocalypsis Johannis

Alternative titles
Book of Revelation – Apocalipsis de San Juan – Apokalypse des Johannes – Apocalypse de Jean – Apocalipse de João.
Physical features
Woodblock-printed book on paper, dimensions 290 x 220 mm, 48 folios (that is 96 pages).
Binding
The worn out twentieth-century binding in half leather and cardboard has now been substituted by a calfskin binding, especially made for the restoration of the original at the time of the publication of the facsimile edition.
Origin
Dutch-Rhine region (Netherlands / Germany), 15th century (1440-1460).
Present repository
Modena, Biblioteca Estense Universitaria.
Genre
ChristianityApocalyptic literature / Beatus of Liébana.
Language
Latin.
Script
The block-cut Latin writing, in medium-large letters, is arranged in scrolls or freely outlines the figures, blending together with them perfectly, almost anticipating modern comics.
Decoration
48 coloured woodcuts. The images are all hand coloured, therefore this is considered to be a one-of-a-kind book. It consists of 48 sheets, of which 44 are divided into two scenes, while 4 show single scenes. The images are printed and coloured on the recto of the sheet, while the verso is blank. In the 19th century the plates were detached, trimmed and glued to 22 x 29 cm sheets. The order of the plates respects the biblical text and so increases the originality of the work. In many scenes the engraver-painter shows neither respect nor pity for the faults of the clergy, a kind of prelude to the reformed rebellions that were to shake the Germanic world and the whole of Europe.
Style
Gothic; Northern Renaissance. It appears similar in style to the Biblia Pauperum realized in the German area in the same period, and not too distant from the teachings of the Flemish school of the early 1400.

Data sheet: Il Bulino edizioni d’arte

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FACSIMILE EDITIONS

Apocalypsis Johannis

Publisher – Il Bulino edizioni d’arte (Modena, 1999). (Il Bulino edizioni d’arte and Edition Libri Illustri co-edition.)
Series – Ars Illuminandi.
Limited edition – This world exclusive edition is limited to 999 certified copies numbered from 1 to 980 and I to XIX.
Type of reproduction – Full-size colour reproduction of the entire original document. The facsimile reproduces the physical characteristics of the original document as closely as possible, with the aim of substituting it in scientific research and in the libraries of bibliophile collectors.
Binding – Leather binding. The binding corresponds to that of the original document as it appears at the present moment. Trimming and composition of the leaves reproduce the profile and structure of the original document.
Commentary – Commentary volume in Italian, bound in half leather, 96 pages. Texts by Ernesto Milani and Daniele Bini.
Slipcase – Facsimile, commentary, and certificate of authenticity are issued in a leather slipcase.
ISBN – 978-88-86251-29-7.

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Apocalypsis Johannis

Publisher – Edition Libri Illustri (Ludwigsburg, 1999). (Il Bulino edizioni d’arte and Edition Libri Illustri co-edition.)
Type of reproduction – Full-size colour reproduction of the entire original document. The facsimile reproduces the physical characteristics of the original document as closely as possible, with the aim of substituting it in scientific research and in the libraries of bibliophile collectors.
Binding – Leather binding. The binding corresponds to that of the original document as it appears at the present moment. Trimming and composition of the leaves reproduce the profile and structure of the original document.
Commentary – Ernesto Milani and Daniele Bini.
Slipcase – Facsimile, commentary, and certificate of authenticity are issued in a linen slipcase.

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