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      The Laurentian Pluteus manuscript 6.23. The illustrated Gospels

      Tesori Svelati

      Facsimile of a code with related commentary

      Facsimile reproduction of the Pluteus (or Plut) manuscript 6.23. Preserved in the Laurentian Library of Florence, this 11th-12th century evangeliary, has a systematic illustrative apparatus: the 237 sheets contain 285 small illustrations which accompany the Gospel narrations, ensuring that the written text constantly alternates with the illustrations that depict it. Each of the four Gospels is preceded by a splendid full-page depiction of the respective evangelist on a gold background. As Tania Velmans describes it in her essay published in the volume which accompanies the facsimile, this is "an almost unique work in terms of the abundance of its illustrations, its fidelity to the Evangelists’ texts and its achievement in retelling the Gospel story almost entirely through images.” An introductory essay by Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi is also included in the Commentary.


      • 2020
      • block book format: 16 x 20 cm (open: 38.2 x 21.2 cm)
      • edition of 399 numbered copies + 13 with Roman numeration. 4-colour printing plus flexographic gold, gold paste and gold foil on Stucco parchment paper by Cartiere Fedrigoni. Hand crafted stitching and capital. Burgundy tanned natural cowhide leather binding by Conceria 800, with dry-engraved rhomboid central frieze, and four small side studs with strap closure. The volume is conserved in an elegant box made of lime wood, with gold engravings on the front and interior in flocked fabric, plus a tilting element with a lectern stop (also covered in flocked fabric) integrated in the box, beneath which the Commentary is inserted.
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