Biblia Pauperum (German) (1892)


Biblia Pauperum (German) (1892)


A German language book about the Biblia Pauperum, also known as the “Pauper’s Bible”.

Title: Biblia Pauperum Nach dem Original in der Lyceumsbibliothek zu Constanz herausgegeben und mit einer Einleitung begleitet

Author: Pfarrer Laib, Dcan Dr. Schwarz

Publisher: Freiburg im Breisgau, 1892.

Condition: Decorative cloth, in cardboard slipcase. Near fine. With patterned endpapers and 16 facsimile reproduction plates of the original Biblia Pauperum. 4to.

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An analysis, with facsimile reproduction plates, of the Biblia Pauperum in the library at Konstanz, part of the University of Freiburg. All text in German.

About the Biblia Pauperum (from Wikipedia):

The Biblia pauperum (“Paupers’ Bible”) was a tradition of picture Bibles beginning probably with Ansgar, and a common printed block-book in the later Middle Ages to visualize the typological correspondences between the Old and New Testaments. Unlike a simple “illustrated Bible”, where the pictures are subordinated to the text, these Bibles placed the illustration in the centre, with only a brief text or sometimes no text at all. Words spoken by the figures in the miniatures could be written on scrolls coming out of their mouths. To this extent one might see parallels with modern cartoon strips.

The tradition is a further simplification of the Bible moralisée tradition, which was similar but with more text. Like these, the Biblia pauperum was usually in the local vernacular language, rather than Latin.