ne of the highlights of European culture is undoubtedly the Salzburger Perikopenbuch. Created about 1020, it became one of the most magnificent illuminated manuscripts ever produced, created with radiant gold illuminations.
The Salzburger Perikopenbuch was no gift of a sovereign. It originated with the high clergy of the day. Containing the great sovereigns handwriting of the time, Henry II legendary Perikopenbuch, is one of the worlds most important manuscripts. The Salzburger Perikopenbuch was probably given to the Salzburg Bishop Hartwig to be used in the newly consecrated Salzburg Cathedral during the liturgy celebration.
As a book of the gospels it contains, in contrast to The Book of Kells, only passages from the four gospels, to be read during the church year.
The richness of the Salzburger paintings caused a string of political changes before its conclusion. At the time of the battle of Lechfeld (955) the start of cloister-reform saw the break in the unity of the cloister and the cathedral. The institutions developed into completely independent units, and the activity of in the Salzburg Scriptorium came into full production. The Salzburger Perikopenbuch was a masterpiece, as the many imitators soon discovered. The great artists of the Scriptorium had started a tradition that took the product of the Salzburg book illuminators into art history.
The masterpiece was so important, that even Napoleon during his conquests didn't confiscate it as a pageantry-piece to enrich the Parisians "Bibliotèque Nationale". Since 1815 it has been protected in the Bavarian National Library in Munich, under Signatur Clm 15713.
With the Facsimile Edition of the Salzburger Perikopenbuch the bibliophile is able to acquire a fascinating treasure.
Now you can secure yourself a copy of this magnificent Facsimile Edition. With 140 pages (size 37.2 x 29 cm), 19 richly gilt miniatures, golden pageantry initials on 62 pages and innumerable miniature gold-initials throughout the text. Each detail has been reproduced with the most modern technical process and using highly qualified traditional craftsmen has produced a facsimile volume that completely matches the original.
The luxury edition offers the exact rendition of the original covers: with twelve replicas of the magnificent carved ivory miniatures. Because of the high expenditure only 180 copies with these miniature artworks could be produced.
The standard edition is limited to only 300 copies world-wide, each with a cover in dark red goats leather with dull gilt edging and containing 2 brass clasps.
An extensive commentary volume accompanies the facsimile. Written by experts under the guidance of Prof. Dr. Hermann Fillitz it acts as a key to the understanding of the work.
Note: The luxury edition mentioned above is now sold out.
A documentation kit containing 2 sample pages, in the original size, from the Salzburger Perikopenbuch Fine Art Facsimile Volume, plus an illustrated, 12 page information brochure, is available for $US70.