The Lorsch Gospels

The Lorsch Gospels
Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana and Museo Sacro, Biblioteca Diocezana Batthyaneum, Victoria and Albert Museum
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
probably at the court of Charlemagne in Aachen, Germany
111 + 124 folios -- ca. 370 x 270 mm.
Date Description:
ca. 810
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 --
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].
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:
Call Number:
Special Collections Rare Books XLarge BS 2552 .L6 B7 1967 Non-Circulating + Introduction
Commentary Volume:
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:
Place of Publication:
New York, NY, USA
George Braziller
Color printing: C. Wolf & Sohn, Munich, Germany; black and white printing: Graphische Anstalt Ernst Wartelsteiner, Munich-Garching
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