Historic collections are of interest when they are substantial, various, representative of their impact on history, easily accessible and well documented. Bibles shape culture and language, they present denominational, politic and society issues and developments in a condensed form, connect texts and pictures as well as primary sources and additions. Besides this complex structure, other characteristics like provenance, covers and colourings which make every specimen unique have to be considered for the documentation. In addition, there are different kinds of Bibles like illustrated and missionary Bibles. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
Theory of knowledge, Space, Vanitas (Art), Artists' studios, Letterpress printing, and Humanism
The article discusses the concept of knowledge and space in art history as seen in the presentation of the scholar and one of the church fathers saint Eusebius Hieronymus. He simplified the bible into the Latin Vulgate, which was used all throughout the middle ages. The article mentioned several pictures by the German artist Albrecht Dürer or Johannes Grüninger and discussed the concept of an artist studio or study room such as the pontifical study rooms. Other topics mentioned were vanitas symbols as an artistic expression, book printing, and the role of the humanistic ideals of education and knowledge.
Kiegler-Griensteidl, Monika and Rumpf-Dorner, Solveigh
Biblos. 2010, Vol. 59 Issue 2, p43-62. 20p.
Miniature books, Leather bookbindings, Calendars (Publications), Prayer books, Copperplate printing, Embossing (Printing), Austrian almanacs, Dance cards (Printed ephemera), and 18th century Austrian history
The article discusses different types of miniature books of the library collection at the Austrian National Library in Vienna, Austria. The reader could easily carry the prayer books with him due to its small size. Especially bibles, which did not include the whole bible, either short versions of the old and new testament, and prayer books were popular types of miniature books. They were decorated with copperplate engravings and often had leather book bindings with gold embossing. Calendars and almanacs were also printed in this small book size, decorated with engravings and pictures, and the collections includes books from the 18th and 19th century. Another type of miniature books were collections of dance cards with detailed programs and dance donations from the 19th century.