Wenzelsbibel

Title:
Wenzelsbibel
Library:
Oesterreichische Nationalbibliothek
Language:
German
City:
VIENNA, Austria
Shelf Mark:
Codices Vindobonenses 2759-2764
Alternate Names:
Wenceslas Bible --
Origin:
Prague (Czech Republic)
Dimensions:
1214 folios, bound in 6 vols. circa 1790 -- 535 x 370 mm. --- note : 607 calves were needed for the high-quality parchment of the 607 double pages --
Date Description:
started 1389/90, mostly completed ca. 1400, with additional text written later (first binding was in 1447: 3 vols)
Content:
(not all) Books from the Old Testament, in German translation -- This grandly conceived manuscript was never finished, some parts are not illustrated --
Hand:
Gothic bookhand, textualis formata --
Illuminations:
Yes
Type of Decoration:
The 950 folios written by the main scribe are extensively illuminated or at least provided with instructions for the illuminations -- main illuminations are framed and contain elaborately detailed scenes or double scenes -- inhabited initials -- foliate (e.g. acanthus) italianate scrolls in the margins, sometimes around scenes and droleries --
Musical Notation:
No
Call Number:
Special Collections Rare Books Oversize BS 936 1400za Non-Circulating (9 vols + 3 commentary vols)
Commentary Volume:
Yes
Nature of Facsimile:
Full-size color reproduction -- Bd. 1. Genesis, Exodus. -- Bd. 2. Leviticus, Numeri -- Bd. 3. Deuteronomium, Josua -- Bd. 4. Richter, Ruth, 1. Samuel -- Bd. 5. 2. Samuel, 1. Könige -- Bd. 6. 2. Könige, 1. Chronik -- Bd. 7. 2. Chronik, 1. Esra, 2. Esra -- Bd. 8. Esra 3, Tobias, Prediger [i.e. Ecclesiasticus] -- Bd. 9. Books without illuminations (in reduced format) ---
Series:
Codices selecti phototypice impressi, 70.
Publication Date:
1981-1991
Place of Publication:
Graz (Austria)
Publisher:
Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt
Notes:
The definitive commentary to accompany the facsimile, by H. Heger and others, appeared in 1998 with title: Die Wenzelsbibel, vollständige Faksimile-Ausgabe der Codices Vindobonenses 2759-2764 der Österreichischen Nationalbibliothek Wien : Kommentar; Wenzelsbibel, Erläuterungen zu den Illuminenierten Seiten . An additional copy of this volume has call no. Medieval [7th Floor Hesburgh] General Collection BS 936.5 .H45 1998 5 Day Loan .
Type of Text:
Biblical, Old Testament, religious, translation, vernacular