Complete facsimile edition in the original format of Codex Ms. I 189, property of the State Library of Lower Saxony, Hannover. Also known as Manuscript Hanover 189. Dated in circa 975, in the German city of Fulda.
Passio Kiliani Ps. Theotimus, Passio Margaretae Orationes, Ms. I 189 of the Niedersächsischen Library of Hannover.
Single edition, numbered and limited to 700 copies, of which 100 correspond to the Spanish edition, made in 1998 and co-published by Akademische Druck-u. Verlagsanstalt (Adeva), Graz (Austria) and Ars Millenii, Madrid (Spain).
This manuscript constitutes a unique testimony of the first medieval monuments of the librarian production. We are here for the first time before the prototype of the “libellus” -from the Latin: little book or brief treatise-, usually dedicated to the life of a saint. In this case, and exceptionally, it is about the life and death of two saints, illustrated with numerous miniatures.
One of them is St. Kilian, an Irish bishop who spread the Christian faith in Franconia, north of Bavaria. Especially active in Würzburg around 680, he confronted the ruling class with its Catholic ethic and the rule of law, which would eventually provoke his martyrdom. St. Margaret also died a martyr. She was one of the most venerated saintly women in both the East and the West. The legend says that he was born in Antioquia and that he lived during the height of the persecution against the Christians under the Roman Empire of Diocletian (at the beginning of the 4th century). By not wanting to abjure her faith she was tortured and finally beheaded.
The most important episodes of the lives of both saints are illustrated with sumptuous miniatures in gold. This does not prevent them from attracting the attention of the many beautifully enriched initials, and the beautiful interlacing of the ornamental bands. The decoration in general is of such luxury and so high quality that we could safely say that the codex was made at the request of the court of the Otones, probably in Fulda.
In this way, the passion and death of Saint Kilian and Saint Margaret, executed in the year 975, offer us one of the most impressive testimonies of the magnificent art of illumination practiced in the Ottonian era.
Facsimile bound in dry carved leather, format 16.3 x 21.8 cm, 76 pages containing 21 miniatures of excellent quality: 11 illustrate the life of St. Kilian and the frontispiece and the other 9, the life of St. Margaret (more information in the images we offer).
Color paperback book, format 16 x 21.5 cm, 60 pages, by Cynthia J. Hahn. In December of 2004 the publishing house Gil de Siloé acquired to Ars Millenii the copies that remained to him of the Spanish edition of this work of Adeva. For its part, Adeva authorized in 2010 to Siloé the translation and editing of a review of part of the study written by Cynthia J. Hahn, which is offered in Spanish as a book study of this beautiful, interesting and ancient manuscript.
Exemplary in perfect condition.
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