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Licensed Unlicensed Requires Authentication Published by Deutscher Kunstverlag (DKV) December 30, 2017

Neue Einbände für alte Handschriften

Susanne Wittekind

Abstract

A book cover encloses the manuscript inside. If it is elaborate, it distinguishes the manuscript as a precious and valuable object (as a frame does for a painting), all the more so when an old manuscript is clothed in a new and costly cover. In conjunction with added texts and other traces of use, one can grasp from this ‘reframing’ a shift of a text’s meaning. This is especially true of Gospel Books, which were handled as symbols of God in liturgical contexts. From the High Middle Ages on, treasure inventories and oath formulae were added to Gospel Books. They indicate the importance of an old Gospel Book for the religious community as a material proof of the age and rank of their church. Gospel Book covers from the High and Late Middle Ages demonstrate this by using spolia, old-fashioned forms and material, or invoking venerated founders. Often shaped as pendants, they seem to be arranged for display.

  1. Abbildungsnachweis: 1 Dommuseum Hildesheim. – 2 Ausst.-Kat Bernward von Hildesheim 1993 (wie Anm. 12), Bd. 2, 551. – 3 Ausst.-Kat Bernward von Hildesheim 1993 (wie Anm. 12), Bd. 2, 6. – 4 Otto der Große. Magdeburg und Europa (Ausst.-Kat. Magdeburg, Kulturhistorisches Museum), hg. v. Matthias Puhle, Mainz 2001, 152, Abb. 2. – 5 Ausst.-Kat. Samuhel-Evangeliar 1991 (wie Anm. 28), Tf. 6 – 7. – 6 Kötzsche 1992 (wie Anm. 24), 45. – 7 Steenbock 1965 (wie Anm. 1), Abb. 78. – 8 Kötzsche 1992 (wie Anm. 24), 64. – 9 Kötzsche 1992 (wie Anm. 24), 63. – 10 Ausst.-Kat. Prachteinbände 2001 (wie Anm. 36), Kat.-Nr. 3. – 11 Ausst.-Kat. Prachteinbände 2001 (wie Anm. 36), Kat.-Nr. 14. – 12 Ausst.-Kat. Prachteinbände 2001 (wie Anm. 36), Kat.-Nr. 16. – 13 Bayerische Staatsbibliothek München. – 14 Hessisches Landesmuseum Darmstadt. – 15 Ausst.-Kat. Ornamenta Ecclesiae 1985 (wie Anm. 43), 289. – 16 Ausst.-Kat. Ornamenta Ecclesiae 1985 (wie Anm. 43), 288. – 17 Rheinisches Bildarchiv. – 18 Otto der Große und das Römische Reich. Kaisertum von der Antike zum Mittelalter (Ausst.-Kat. Magdeburg, Kulturhistorisches Museum), hg. von Matthias Puhle und Gabriele Köster, Regensburg 2012, 219.

Published Online: 2017-12-30

© 2017 Susanne Wittekind, published by De Gruyter