11th Century

Echternacher Sakramentar

Echternacher Sakramentar und Antiphonar: vollständige Faksimile-Ausgabe im Originalformat der Handschrift 1946 aus dem Besitz der Hessischen Landes- und Hochschulbibliothek Darmstadt Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt Graz, Austria 1982 278 leaves: col. ill.; 26 cm. + 1 commentary volume (vii, 234 p.; 26 cm.); Facsim. vol. in Latin; commentary partly in German, partly in French.; Texts for Mass; those in smaller script, for the choir, are accompanied by music in neumic notation.; Issued in slipcase.; Commentary volume, by K.H. Staub, P. Ulveling, and F. Unterkircher, includes bibliographical references.; "Die Verkaufsauflage dieser Ausgabe ist auf 500 numerierte Exemplare limitiert." No.22.; Codices selecti phototypice impressi; v.74-74.; Publications nationales du Ministère des arts et des sciences du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg. BX 2037.A3 E28 1982 Special Collections

This is a sacramentary, a book of ritual for the mass, sacraments and other rites. The manuscript which is from the Abbey of Echternach in Luxembourg, a Benedictine monastery, dates from 1030. It contains numerous purple pages and pages with initials. It was during the time of the Ottonians and Salians that the Echternach school of book illumination reached its peak of perfection. Echternach replaced Reichenau as a supplier of illuminated manuscripts to the court. The school's most valuable works are the Codex aureus (in Echternach until the time of French Revolution, it is now in Nuremberg), the Codex Escorialensis (Madrid), the Codex Caesareus (Uppsala) and two copies of the Gospels (Bremen and Brussels). Other illuminated manuscripts from Echternach include this one housed in Darmstadt. 

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