codex gigas

whilst doing research for a new book jacket design (based in medieval england) i was pointed in the direction of an incredible book which lies in stockholm called the ‘codex gigas’ this is what wikipedia has to say:
The Codex Gigas (English: Giant Book) is the largest extant medieval manuscript in the world… created in the early 13th century… in Bohemia… now preserved in Stockholm, where two librarians are needed to lift it. It is also known as the Devil’s Bible due to a large illustration of the devil on the inside.

there is also an official site where the entire 75kg book can be viewed in detail

legend has it that the book was made by one monk/scribe who sold his soul to the devil and scientific research seems to confirm that the whole enormous book was, indeed, written and illustrated by one single person… a feat that took some thirty years to complete… amazing

m / 07-10-2008 20:34

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