The Jena Martyrology is a densely illustrated manuscript narrative martyrology, a catalog that recounts the lives and deaths of Christian martyr saints in order of the calendar of feast days. This particular martyrology, produced around 1275 in Thuringia, is in the vernacular Middle German, unusual for a book of its type. Its 366 unframed miniatures were executed a bit later, around 1300. These descriptive pen drawings depict the lives and deaths of the martyrs and are colored with saturated pigments, especially red and blue, and illuminated with gold and silver.
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Zurich: Belser Verlag, 2021
- Commentary (German) by Ertel, Tobias
- Limited Edition: 999 copies
- Full-size color reproduction of one or more portions of the original document, Jena Martyrology: 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.
Brown leather with blind tooling and two metal clasps. Facsimile and commentary volume issued in an elegant clamshell box.
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