The Munich Golden Psalter is kept under the shelf mark Clm 835 in the vault of the world-famous Bavarian State Library. Only 680 hand-numbered volumes of a unique, strictly limited, complete facsimile edition of this illustrated manuscript have been printed, in the original size of approximately 28 × 19.5 cm. All 166 folios, with 91 pages of miniatures and over 180 decorative initials, ornamented in lustrous gold and fine silver, have been reproduced in all of their brilliance.
Just like the original codex, the facsimile edition is bound in light-coloured suede with two brass clasps.
A volume of expert commentary
provides a key to the work
A bilingual commentary in English and German explains not only the biblical scenes, but also the sometimes unusual iconography of the psalter. Nigel J. Morgan, Honorary Professor of the History of Art and Fellow of Corpus Christi College Cambridge, provides a lively introduction to the world of exquisite, thirteenth-century illuminated manuscripts, as well as an extensive description of all of the miniatures, giving special consideration to their iconography.
Carolin Schreiber, curator of manuscripts at the Bavarian State Library, describes the structure of the manuscript’s codicology.
Both volumes—the facsimile and the commentary—are delivered in an acrylic glass case, so that the facsimile is not only protected from dust, but also decoratively presented.
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