Early Printed Bibles in German
The first book to be printed with movable type printing was a Bible - the Book of Books. Around 1454/55, Johannes Gutenberg from Mainz set about the daunting task of printing a Bible with 324 pages in folio format. Gutenberg's Bible was printed in Latin. Not long after his first printing adventure, other printed Bibles followed in Latin and in German.
Obviously, public demand was great.
How wise men from the Orient ended up in Cologne
Their story is known by more than a billion people all over the world: Three Magi travelled from the Orient to Bethlehem guided by a star. They found the Christ Child in a humble stable lying in a manger and brought him gold, incense and myrrh. Their story is told quite concisely in Matthew's Gospel 2:1-12. But there is another more detailed and far more embroidered narrative on the events before, during, and after the three magi encountered the Holy Family. It was written by a German Carmelite monk, called Johannes of Hildesheim. His tale is lesser known but very elucidating.
A tantalizing page from a 15th century Swiss-German Breviary
The birth and especially the resurrection of Christ are the most important festive days for Christianity. They form the beginning and the end of the winter cycle during the ecclesiastical year. Many medieval liturgical books revolve around the celebration of saintly feasts throughout the year. Here we encounter a beautiful Swiss-German Breviary from the 15th century with a great number of decorated initials and a glorious page that tells the story of Christ's nativity in an entertaining and endearing way.
Austrian chained binding in cuir-ciselé technique
The present beautiful and well preserved old binding from the first half of the 15th century is not only a magnificent example of the rare and sublime technique of cuir-ciselé (carved leather), but also still has its original chain with which the book was attached to its lectern in the library.
These foolish things...
Wie viele von Ihnen wissen oder sogar direkt miterleben, befinden wir uns seit heute früh vier Uhr in Basels närrischer Zeit. „Frau Fasnacht“ regiert die nächsten drei Tage und in der Innenstadt, wie auch vor der Tür des Antiquariats Dr. Jörn Günther marschieren Cliquen musizierend unermüdlich auf und ab, und halten nur gelegentlich an, um sich bei einem Glas oder mit einem Teller heißer Mehlsuppe zu stärken.
Das Thema der „verkehrten Welt“, wo geltendes Recht auf den Kopf gestellt wird und diejenigen das Sagen haben, die sonst gewohnt sind, zu dienen, geht bereits auf die Antike zurück. Auch das Austreiben des Winters, der Dunkelheit und der bösen Geister hat von alters her Tradition.