2 vols.: I. 207 pp. commentary volume including essays by noted scholars on the manuscript and its illuminations, thought to be a 9th century Latin adaptation, generally ascribed to Germanicus Caesar, of Aratus' Greek poem Phaenomena, incl. detailed descriptions, concordances, bibliographical material, technical considerations, discussion of its cultural context, etc.; II. Circa 200 pp. facsimile of the manuscript in exquisite detail. Small square 4to. Text vol. leather-backed boards; facsimile vol. in full leather, minor wear. Lucerne (Faksimile Verlag) 1989.
A beautifully produced facsimile with great attention to printing details. The present manuscript was produced in Lotharingia ca. 830-840 and includes a 13th century transcription of the text from its rustic capitals into gothic minuscules. The illuminations, works that are among the Carolingian Renaissance's highest achievements, show the constellations and their mythical representations. It is thought that the manuscript was commissioned by Empress Judith, second wife of Emperor Louis the Pious, a great patron of the sciences and the arts. It was later owned by Jakob Susius of Ghent, Hugo Grotius, and Queen Christina of Sweden before being acquired by Leiden University. Book ID: 47035