Apocalypse of Paris


The Bible’s last book has been a controversial work since the early centuries of Christianity. It is particularly interesting to compare Beatus’ creation with this work, which has similar features as regards general layout but was produced in a different cultural environment, for geographical, artistic and chronological reasons.

This manuscript was written in about 1250 AD and probably conveys the oldest insular Commentary on the Apocalypse.

This copy is printed on parchment and illustrated with 90 miniatures of exceptional quality that are attributed to an excellent illuminator of the time who went under the name of Master of Sarum, a Latin place name which is today’s Salisbury. Indeed, this work is an example of the highest level of artistic creativity that prevailed in the British Isles in the mid-13th century.

Original (13th century) kept at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France with the signature Ms. Français 403

Format of the work 325 x 225 cm

100 fully illuminated pages

Text in two columns

Libraria insular gothic script

Special aged parchment paper

Blocked, folded and hand-sewn

Binding in embossed leather on board and gilt stamping

Historic, artistic and palaeographic study book

Presented in an elegant case

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