The Lorsch Gospels

Title:
The Lorsch Gospels
Library:
Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana and Museo Sacro, Biblioteca Diocezana Batthyaneum, Victoria and Albert Museum
Language:
Latin
City:
CITTA DEL VATICANO (VATICAN CITY, Vatikanstadt), ALBA IULIA (ALBA JULIA, Karlsburg, Gyula-Fehervar), Romania, LONDON, Great Britain.
Shelf Mark:
BB III-1 + Pal. lat. 50 + VAM + Museo Sacro, Vatican State
Alternate Names:
Codex Aureus Laureshamensis
Origin:
probably at the court of Charlemagne in Aachen, Germany
Dimensions:
111 + 124 folios -- ca. 370 x 270 mm.
Date Description:
ca. 810
Content:
Gospels of St. Matthew and St. Mark (Alba Julia, ms. BB II-1) -- Gospels of St. Luke and St. John followed by Capitulare Euangeliorum anni circuli starting at Christmas (BAV, Ms. Pal. lat. 50) -- The Madonna cover = front ivory cover (VAM, London) -- The Christ cover = back ivory cover (Museo Sacro, Vatican City) -- note: This is one of last and grandest in the group of ceremonial manuscripts now known as the “Ada” group -- text is in two elaborately framed columns --
Hand:
Gospel text in uncial (mostly gold) -- some capitalis quadrata [Roman square capitals] -- some capitalis rustica [rustic capitals] -- the Capitulare Euangeliorum (fols. 116r-124v of the Vatican section) is in carolingian minuscule [caroline minuscule].
Illuminations:
Yes
Type of Decoration:
much gold is used throughout in illuminations as well as the text -- silver is also used -- Eusebian canon tables (fols. 7r-12v) -- Evangelist portraits (fols. 13v, 74v, 1v, 67v) -- Ancestors of Christ, with Abraham, David and Jechonias leading each group (top of fol. 14r) -- Christ in Majesty holding a book (fol. 18v) facing Liber generationis (fol. 19r) -- Incipit for Mark (fols. 77v-78r) -- Incipit for Luke (fols. 7v-85) -- Incipit for John (especially grand, fols. 70v-71r) -- strong antique mediterranean influence --
Musical Notation:
No
Call Number:
Special Collections Rare Books XLarge BS 2552 .L6 B7 1967 Non-Circulating + Introduction
Commentary Volume:
Yes
Nature of Facsimile:
This facsimile brings together four different parts, yielding a complete reproduction of the entire manuscript -- The text is reproduced full-size, mainly in monochrome but with 54 color plates -- color photographs of the ivory covers are in the separate Introduction --
Publication Date:
1967
Place of Publication:
New York, NY, USA
Publisher:
George Braziller
Printer:
Color printing: C. Wolf & Sohn, Munich, Germany; black and white printing: Graphische Anstalt Ernst Wartelsteiner, Munich-Garching
Notes:
Introduction by Wolfgang Braunfels -- Color engravings: Brend’amour, Simhart & Co., Munich -- Photography: Robert Braunmüller -- Paper: Hartmann and Mittler, Munich -- Design and production: Eugen Sporer --
Type of Text:
Biblical, Gospel Book, liturgical, New Testament, religious