The Passau Evangelary
The Romanesque Art of Manuscript Illumination in Gold and Silver

Around 1170–1180, an extraordinary liturgical manuscript was produced in Passau (southeast Bavaria); it is one of the most beautiful Romanesque manuscripts from medieval Germany: the Passau Evangelary. Its miniatures and initials gleam with gold and silver, and its precious colours glow intensely.



Quaternio Editions Lucerne has uncovered a true treasure in the Passau Evangelary. It is nearly the only surviving evidence of the artistically outstanding, autonomous tradition of manuscript illumination in Passau during the Romanesque period. In this facsimile edition of the Passau Evangelary, the great art of the 12th century comes alive. Dive into the visual world of a fascinating epoch!

The documentation kit with its four-page section from the fine art facsimile edition offers you a foretaste.

Ask for your advantageous prepayment price valid until December 31, 2016.

A "royal" fine art facsimile edition from Lucerne:
The Sobieski Hours

The Bedford Master was one of the most prominent French Gothic illuminators and his work enthuses art historians and admirers of illuminated manuscripts worldwide. A unique Gothic book of hours from his workshop is preserved in the Royal Library at Windsor Castle: the Sobieski Hours.

This magnificent manuscript was produced in Paris at the zenith of Gothic illumination, and has been kept for two centuries in the Royal Library at Windsor Castle. It is part of the British Royal Collection, which Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, preserves for the British nation. Now, working in close collaboration with the Royal Library, Quaternio Lucerne will be able to provide access to this unusual manuscript in the form of a faithful facsimile edition.



The Sobieski Hours contains 60 full-page miniatures and more than 400 narrative scenes, as well as an illuminated border on all four sides of every text page. It is a major undertaking to reproduce the superb palette of the 234 folios of the original. Particular attention is being given to reproducing the different types of gold decoration: laid and powdered gold, and the minute patterns incised with a fine point on details such as haloes.

Discover the most fascinating of French Gothic illuminated manuscripts! Imagine it for yourself by ordering and previewing the informative documentation kit, which contains three full-sized leaves from the fine art facsimile edition, for fourteen days.

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Bilderwelten – Buchmalerei zwischen Mittelalter und Neuzeit

Exhibition at the Bavarian State Library
From 13 April 2016 onward

A three-part exhibition at the Bavarian State Library in Munich will feature a representative cross-section of its many gems of late medieval and early Renaissance German illumination. Among them are high-quality examples, some of which will be on public display for the first time.

Quaternio Editions Luzern has published the opulently illustrated exhibition catalogue.

Bayerische Staatsbibliothek
Schatzkammern (1. OG)
Ludwigstraße 16
80539 München
Mo–Fr 10:00–17:00 Uhr
Do 10:00–20:00 Uhr

To all lovers of Calligraphy and Drawing:
Discover for the first time the Gothic Alphabet of Mary of Burgundy


Elegant, ornamental lettering and the most delightful drawings join with medieval epigrams to constitute the irresistible charm of Mary of Burgundy’s 48-page calligraphy book.

Find out more on this bibliophilic art book edition

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