Herrenalb Cistercian Prayer Book (Pre-publication)


The medieval monastery of Herrenalber in South Germany, near the city of Ulm, was renowned in its time for its scriptorium. This work, dated 1484, was produced by the monastery’s singer Johannes Zurn de Nyposheim, as stated by the author himself in the manuscript’s colophon. It is a highly interesting item for several reasons. First of all, it should be remembered that there was already strong competition from printed books at that time.

Therefore, the creation of a hand-written copy indicates a will to continue with the age-old tradition and also the wish to produce a work that stands out for its beauty and craftsmanship. At that time, hand-made books were highly prized possessions compared with books made in the printing press. Federico da Montefeltro, Duke of Urbino, a refined bibliophile, expressly banned all printed books from the collection of his magnificent library.

15th century original kept at the Berlin State Museum with the signature Ms.theol.lat.quart.9

Format of the work 20 x 14 cm

206 pages with 30 full-page miniatures

Typical German gothic with its dark colouring

Central European gothic script

Special aged parchment paper

Blocked, folded and hand-sewn.

Binding in leather on board

Historic, artistic and palaeographic study book by Da. Elisa Ruíz

Presented in an elegant case

A single print run of 995 copies, numbered and authenticated by a notarial certificate