The Book of Miracles by Till-Holger Borchert & Joshua P Waterman



A full and faithful reproduction of the German 16th-century illuminated manuscript of supernatural phenomena known as The Book of Miracles.

Blending Bible stories, folklore and apocalyptic visions in luminous detail, this is a mesmerising document of religious belief, superstition, mystery and visual imagination. The near-complete illustrated manuscript, created in Augsburg around 1550, is composed of 169 pages of large-format illustrations in gouache and watercolour, depicting wondrous and often eerie phenomena.

The strange and wonderful images depict stories from the Old Testament and the Book of Revelations, as well as events that took place int he immediate present of the manuscript’s author. From shooting stars and comets to swarms of locusts, terrifying monsters to fatal floods, page after page hypnotises with visions alternately dreadful, spectacular, and even apocalyptic.

This volume presents the revelatory Book of Miracles in a new compact format, which makes this extraordinary document accessible to everyone. It comes with a translation of the manuscript texts, along withe two essays that provide insight into the cultural and historical context of this unique Early Renaissance work.

292 pp. hardcover

31.5 x 3.3 x 25.7 cm

2122 g

Published July 2017 by Taschen

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