Berlin, Staatsbibliothek Preussischer Kulturbesitz, Ms. Theol. lat. fol. 561

Beatus of Liébana - Berlin Codex Facsimile Edition

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Dating back to the early 12th Century and probably realized in Italy, this codex is one of the lesser-known testimonies of this type.

The Berlin Beatus is part of a group of twenty-seven illustrated commentaries on the Book of Apocalypse by Beatus of Liébana, a monk who lived in the Kingdom of Asturias, Spain, until ca. 800. For more information on the Beatus model, read our blog article by Amy R. Miller (PhD, Medieval Art History, University of Toronto).

Originally, the manuscript belonged to the collection of Carlo Morbio of Milan.

It consists of 98 folios with 55 feather-pen drawings enriched with pigments in red, ochre and yellow hues.

The illustrations are one of the major attractions of this work since they include an archaic and unusual version of the iconography mostly found in other testimonies of the series, making this manuscript a rare and precious object for bibliophiles.

Written in Caroline and Beneventan script.

We have 1 facsimile edition of the manuscript "Beatus of Liébana - Berlin Codex": Beato de Berlin facsimile edition, published by Millennium Liber, 2010

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Manuscript book description compiled by the publisher.

Beato de Berlin

Madrid: Millennium Liber, 2010

  • Commentary (Spanish) by Klein, Peter K.
  • Limited Edition: 995 copies
  • Full-size color reproduction of the entire original document, Beatus of Liébana - Berlin Codex: the facsimile attempts to replicate the look-and-feel and physical features of the original document; pages are trimmed according to the original format; the binding might not be consistent with the current document binding.

Facsimile edition in special, aged parchment-like paper, hand sewn, collated and folded. Study volume of historical, artistic and paleographical value presented in a stylish case.


Leather on board.

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