Prologue to the Book of the Maccabees. Ornamental page from the Berlin Gutenberg Bible
Gutenberg Bible II,162, Prologue of St Jerome to the Book of the Maccabees 1:1–25 (Prologus Hiernonymi in libros Machabeorum)
This prologue is contained neither in the Latin Vulgate nor in modern-day Bibles. St Jerome probably took it from the Septuagint or the original Hebrew version. The Book of the Maccabees, also not found in today’s Bible, tells the story of the Jews’ wars for independence from the Seleucid Empire – in other words, a form of inner-Jewish civil war. The initial shows King Alexander the Great of Macedon with his shield.
Format: ca. 46 x 34 cm (the size may vary slightly with handmade paper)
Reproducing ornamental pages from the 42-line Bible
Information on storage and frames
We supply our ornamental Bible prints in either a grey or burgundy presentation folder (format: 51 x 39 cm) together with a brochure on the Gutenberg Bible. If you would like your print framed, you can choose between a removable frame (format: 57.5 x 44 cm) and a handmade, airtight and dustproof frame with a gilt wooden trim. Both frames protect the costly gold leaf as the glass is raised from the passe-partout and thus from the surface of the print.
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