The Song of Songs (1,1-2,14) – Cantica Canticorum This page from the Gutenberg Bible depicts the most beautiful and best-known Song of Solomon, the Canticle of Canticles. The moving, gentle and extremely erotic lines which describe the courtship of the young enamoured king are unparalleled and so often quoted: “I am the rose of Sharon, The lily of the valleys”. The initial “O” of “Osculetur me ...” shows the two lovers sitting opposite one another. Tendrils spill out from the “O” to fill the edge of the page with blossoms: with aquilegias as the symbol of the Holy Trinity, love and sexual power and with acanthus leaves, the sign of immortality. In the midst of this sumptuous embellishment sits a nightingale, the symbol of love and desire.
Format: ca. 47 x 34 cm (the size may vary slightly with handmade paper)
Reproducing ornamental pages from the 42-line Bible
Our Bible pages are reproduced in the tradition of Gutenberg. Pure linen papier bearing a watermark is created by hand with the greatest of care. The black text is printed on historical Gutenberg Museum machines. The rubrication, headings, ornaments and miniatures are drawn in and painted by hand with the utmost perfection by our book artists. True to the mediaeval art of book embellishment, first an initial drawing is made and then the gold leaf is applied. Only then do our artists begin to illuminate the prints in colour.
Applying the fine, raised gilt decoration is an ancient skill which very few artists still master. Here, a base material is applied to the paper layer by layer in an elaborate and time-consuming process to form a platform for the gold leaf.
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.
Please note: allow an extra one to two weeks for delivery of a print in a permanent frame.
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we pass on to the Gutenberg Museum. The shop is chiefly run by
volunteers which helps us to keep costs down. You may also make a donation without buying anything.
This beautiful necktie is woven in pure silk with the Latin excerpt from Song of Songs 1, 1-17:
"Ecce tu pulcher es dilecte mi et decorus"
– How lovely you are, my precious, my beauty. This modest message, woven with the lettering from the Gutenberg Bible letterpress, is a perfect gift for every beloved man.
A scarf for letterpress maniacs!Our elegant letterpress scarf is adorned with a shower of letters – hiding the name “Johannes Gutenberg.” On one end of the scarf, a “G” depicts the written history from the textura font of Gutenberg to the DIN standard font.This soft scarf is made from 100% pure combed, organic cotton and is a perfect match for our Gutenberg wool knit hat. The print colours are water-based and conform to the environmental standards (GOTS).Size: approx. 77 in. x 13 in.