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The Heidelberg Mirror of Saxony
An Opulent Epinal Print from Everyday Life of the Middle Ages
University Library Heidelberg, Cod. Pal. germ. 164, Beginning of the 14th century, Harz (Germany)


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The Fine Art Facsimile Edition of the Heidelberg Mirror of Saxony is part of the Codices Selecti Series presented as volume CXV and reproduces the original manuscript with 30 images completely in original format of 30 x 23.5 cm with original arrangement of page tiers as well as true to original border cuttings and down to the smallest detail is true in colour. The intensive colours of the 337 pictures are reproduced true to the original.

The Finest Brown Leather

The Fine Art Facsimile Edition is protected by a hand-crafted volume made out of brown leather. The edition is delivered in a regal wood-slipcase and limited to 580 copies world-wide.

Commentary- and Text Volume: The key to understanding the manuscript

The comprehensive scientific commentary (in German) was compiled by an expert team under the direction of publisher, Dr. Dietlinde Munzel-Everling (Wiesbaden) and Professor DDr. Gernot Kocher (Graz) and highlights the origin and history of the manuscript as well as the historical environment of the times. It allows the viewer an insight into many different aspects of medieval everyday life which are brought to life in a most impressive way right before the readers’ very eyes.
The text volume is a separate volume which accompanies the facsimile and helps to clarify images as well as text found in the original manuscript. The original lines of text from the manuscript are in old German and contain many abbreviations and an old system of punctuation. Therefore the text volume transcribes in German each individual line of text by explaining all abbreviations and converting the punctuation style into a modern-day system.
Running parallel to this on the opposite page is an explanation of the content and iconographic details of each individual scene found in the original manuscript.

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