Paris: Club du Livre, 1973. An exceptional, full color facsimile published in an edition of 3,000 copies. The illustrations are framed within medallions and, as is typical of such works, illuminated with gold leaf and various colors. Minor shelfwear, else fine. In a near fine cream-colored marbled slipcase with gilt-lettered brown paper label. Fascsimile volume in full leather decoratively and elaborately stamped in blind with a five-paneled spine. Commentary bound in quarter dark red leather over beige cloth with gilt-lettered front board and spine. The text of the commentary is in French and German. Two volumes, folio. 133; x, 72 pp. Item #16246
The Bible Moralisée is the name given to several important medieval picture Bibles, heavily illustrated and designed for the personal use of the French royal family, especially monarchs. These books were similar in the choice and order of Biblical texts selected, though they differ in the allegorical and moral deductions drawn from their passages. While they do not contain the full text of the Bible, each page pairs Old and New Testament content with illustrations that explain their moral significance. Codex 2554, of which this is a copy, is the most familiar of the Bibles and was written in the thirteenth century (1220-1230 a.d.); its frontispiece is also one of the most well known of the Middle Ages. The original codex arrived at the Imperial Library in Vienna in 1783.