Treasures from the British Library

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Kassette Schätze der British Library

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Alternate Titles

Kassette Schätze der British Library

Extent / Format

10 leaves / N/A

7th-16th cemtury

Ten leaves from important manuscripts from the British Library


10 miniatures

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The British Library, the national library of the United Kingdom, is the largest national library in the world with a catalogue containing 150-200+ million items. Created in 1973, it had previously been a department of the famous British Museum, but also folded in some smaller institutions. The library’s construction was the largest public building project of 20th century Britain. It has some of the world’s most substantial holdings of manuscripts and historical items dating back to 2000 BC. The backbone of the collection is rooted in a series of 18th century donations, including the donations of the Old Royal Library by King George II (1683-1760) and the King’s Library by King George III (1738-1820), as well as three collections that were brought together in 1753: the Cotton, Harley, and Sloane Collections. These are further appended by the likes of the Arundel and Egerton Collections. This incredible assemblage boasts some of the finest examples of manuscript art not only from England, but from continental Europe, the Middle East, even as far as China.

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The ten single pages assembled here not only represent some of the finest examples of medieval European illumination in the British Library, but in the entire world altogether:
Folio 1: Beginning of the Gospel of Matthew
Lindisfarne Gospels
Lindisfarne Priory, ca. 698
Dimensions: 24.0 x 34.0 cm
Folio 2: Luke the Evangelist
Harley Golden Gospels
Aachen, ca. 800
Dimensions: 23.0 x 37.0 cm
Folio 3: Initial Page “B”
Benedictional of St. Æthelwold
Winchester, ca. 980
21.0 x 28.5 cm
Folio 4: The Three Magi
Melisende Psalter
Jerusalem, 1131-1143
Dimensions: 14.0 x 21.5 cm
Folio 5: Annunciation to Mary - Moses and Gideon
Psalter of Henry the Lion
Helmarshausen, after 1185
Dimensions: 12.5 x 20.5 cm
Folio 6: Annunciation and Visitation
Oscott Psalter
England, ca. 1270
Dimensions: 18.5 x 29.5 cm
Folio 7: Ascension of Christ
Hours of John the Fearless
Paris, ca. 1415
Dimensions: 17.5 x 24.5 cm
Folio 8: Mark the Evangelist
Bedford Hours
Paris, ca. 1423
Dimensions: 18.0 x 26.0 cm
Folio 9: Adoration of the Magi
Hours of Amadée de Saluces
Savoy, ca. 1460
Dimensions: 18.5 x 27.5 cm
Folio 10: Adoration of the Shepherds
Book of Hours of Perugino
Bologna, ca. 1500
Dimensions: 13.5 x 20.0 cm

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