The Velislaus Bible is an important example of late medieval Bohemian manuscript illustration as it is one of just a few surviving illuminated manuscripts from the region. Made in Prague in the second quarter of the fourteenth century, the original manuscript comprised as many as 800 leaves, of which 188 are extant. Each page features a pair of half-page miniatures and short inscriptions treating subjects from the Christian Bible, the Life of Antichrist, and several saints' lives. The 747 illustrations are tinted line drawings employing a limited palette, a popular technique in late medieval central Europe.
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#1 Velislai Biblia Picta
Prague: Sumptibus Pragopress, 1970
- Commentary (English, French, German, Russian) by Stejskal, Karel
- Limited Edition: 480 copies
- This is a partial facsimile of the original document, Velislaus Bible: 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 in black and white. The pages are trimmed down at the cost of some small features part of the original.
#2 Velislav's Bible
Prague: Tempus Libri
- Limited Edition: 799 copies
- Full-size color reproduction of the entire original document, Velislaus Bible: 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.