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Call Number: Special Coll Rare -- BS2822.5.T7 2001
Publication Date: France, circa 800
Trier, Stadtbibliothek, Codex 31
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Call Number: Special Coll Rare (oversize) -- ND3358.G4W5 1980 v. 1-2
Publication Date: Possibly Syria, early 6th century
Vienna, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, MS Theol. graec. 31
The Vienna Genesis, a purple codex, dates to the first half of the 6th century and is the oldest surviving illustrated biblical codex. There are twenty-four surviving folios, each with miniatures at the bottom of both recto and verso that directly relate to the text above them.
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Codex Aureus of St. Emmeram
Call Number: Special Coll Rare (double oversize) -- Z115Z.B59 A9
Publication Date: Carolingian Empire, circa 870
Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Mss. Lat. 14000
The Codex Aureus is a luxuriously illuminated Gospels book that was made for Charles the Bald, King of the Franks (840-877) and Holy Roman Emperor (875-877). The name “Codex Aureus,” meaning Golden Book, refers to the heavy use of gold leafing and the gold, jewel-encrusted binding. The manuscript was signed by scribes Beringar and Liuthard, who dated it in 870. After Charles the Bald’s death in 877, the manuscript was acquired by his cousin the King of Bavaria, who donated it to the Abbey of St. Emmeram in Regensburg.
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Call Number: Special Coll Rare (oversize) -- ND3359.R3S3 1959
Publication Date: Syria, 6th century
Florence, Bibliotheca Medicea Laurenziana, cod. Plut. I, 56
The Rabbula Gospels is a well-known Syriac Christian gospel book with some of the earliest developed Christian iconography in large miniatures. The manuscript takes its name from the signature of its scribe.
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Call Number: Special Coll Rare -- *oversize ND 3359 R6 H3
Publication Date: Byzantine, 6th century
Rossano, Biblioteca Capitolare 6 (Codex Purpureus Rossanensis)
The Rossano Gospels, a purple codex, date to the 6th century and are the earliest surviving illuminated manuscript of the New Testament. There are now 188 folios, among which is a prefatory cycle of miniatures illustrating scenes from the life of Christ.
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Call Number: Special Coll Rare -- *oversize PA 6804 A7 1976
Publication Date: Rome, Italy, 4th century
Berlin, Staatsbibliothek, MS Latinus fol. 416 d, and Vatican City, Biblioteca Apolica Vaticana, MS lat. 3256
The Vergilius Augusteus is a late antique manuscript containing works by Virgil, including Georgics and the Aeneid. Only seven leaves of the manuscript have survived. The pages are not illustrated but do contain the earliest known instances of decorated initials. Unlike later illuminated initials, the letters here do not mark the division of a new text.
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Call Number: Special Coll Rare (oversize) -- PA4033.A4 1953
Publication Date: Constantinople, 5th century
Milan, Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Cod. F. 205 P. inf.
The Ambrosian Iliad is the only surviving illustrated copy of Homer from antiquity. The miniatures have been individually cut out, so the surviving portion of the manuscript does not contain the text column.
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Call Number: FSU STROZIER, Special Coll Rare (double oversize) -- BS64.S3 2010 v.1-2
Publication Date: Possibly Rome, Egypt, Caesarea, or Near East, 4th Century
London, British Library, Add. MS 43725 (and Leipzig University, Saint Catherine's Monastery, Russian National Library)
The Codex Sinaiticus is one of the four Greek Christian Bible codices, written in 4th century uncials. Although most of the Old Testament is missing, scholars believe it once contained the entire Hebrew Bible. In its current form the Codex Sinaiticus contains half the Septuagint, the complete New Testament, the entire Deuterocanonical books, the Epistle of Barnabas, and portions of the Shepherd of Hermas. The manuscript was begun after 325 C.E. because it contains the Eusebian Canons, and was most likely completed around the middle of the 4th century.
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