Vienna, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Codex Vindobonensis 652

Hrabanus Maurus - Liber de Laudibus Sanctae Crucis Facsimile Edition

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The Codex Vindobonensis 652 is among the many copies of a work which had already reached great fame and achieved well-planned distribution throughout the empire of Charlemagne at the lifetime of its author, Hrabanus Maurus, a monk from Fulda and future bishop of Mainz.

The famous picture poems

Hrabanus, praised at his time as ”praeceptor Germania”, wrote this book in the literary form of picture poems as was formerly practiced in Tours by Alcuin, his famous teacher. Hrabanus raised this literary genre to a new peak, with fewer reference to recent Carolingian models rather than to the classical source of this form.

The text, inscribed on a grid-like system, is presented in a square frame in the manner of a picture. From this text box emerge individual letters and groups of letters which compose self-contained poems or sequences of words referring to the basic concept of the composition, the glorification of the Cross.

The monumental manuscript contains a series of 28 picture poems taken from the first version of the treatise on the Holy Cross presented by Hrabanus as early as 810-14. The book ends with the famous dedication miniature depicting the author below the Cross as a symbol of salvation.

We have 1 facsimile edition of the manuscript "Hrabanus Maurus - Liber de Laudibus Sanctae Crucis": Hrabanus Maurus - Liber de laudibus sanctae Crucis facsimile edition, published by Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt (ADEVA), 1972

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Hrabanus Maurus - Liber de laudibus sanctae Crucis

Graz: Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt (ADEVA), 1972

  • Commentary (German) by Holter, Kurt
  • This is a partial facsimile of the original document, Hrabanus Maurus - Liber de Laudibus Sanctae Crucis: the facsimile might represent only a part, or doesn't attempt to replicate the format, or doesn't imitate the look-and-feel of the original document.

The facsimile is the complete reproduction in original size of the whole manuscript. Apart from the reproductions of the 28 picture poems in full color, the rest of the pages are in black and white.


Leather, using motifs from the cover of the Codex Vindobonensis 522.

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