UNTERKIRCHNER, Franz. Karolingisches Sakramentar. Fragment. Codex Vindobonensis 958 der Österreichischen Nationalbibliothek Faksimile-Ausgabe. Graz: Akademische Druck, 1971.
Large 4to., facsimile volume in faux vellum, printed in full colour with gold embellishments; with separate 28 page booklet of commentary containing black and white photographic reproductions., both housed in a brown faux leather clamshell box with embossed and gilt lettering and devices to upper cover and spine; pp. [xvi]; slight edgewear; one corner of the lining beginnign to peel; else a fine example.
A reproduction of a ninth century Carolingian manuscript fragment (named for the period of Emperor Charlemagne’s reign), thought to have been created in the Abbey of Saint-Amand in Northern France. Containing the written text of the Canon Missae and two pages of text for the consecration of a sub-deacon. The lavishness of the manuscript leads us to believe that the recipient of the work would have been a high member of the church.
Written in several different hands, the Canon is embellished with the use of gold ink. The major portion of the text is written out by a calligrapher in solemn uncials, and there are additionally numerous remarks and glosses added in the margins and in between the lines in differing hands, which reveal the diversity of the manuscript’s calligraphy and give the reader insight into its historical background. Framing the pages of the Canon text are rectangular golden borders and animal head corner pieces, a beautiful and fascinating fusion between Anglo-Saxon decorative motives and Carolingian-Frankish scribal art. This combination is found in very few manuscripts, making this a significant example of medieval illumination.
Together with Franz Unterkircher’s commentary in German, containing a general introduction and description of the codicological findings, various aspects of the manuscript, and a list of bibliographical resources.
A finely rendered facsimile.