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Book Cover 1190s Wooden core, silver, 30 x 23 cm Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum, Braunschweig

'The Codex Aureus of St. Emmeram, 9th century illuminated Gospel Book. Gold cover with precious gemstones, sapphires, emeralds, and pearls. At the centre of the cover appears Christ in Majesty seated on the globe of the world and holding on his knee a book inscribed with the words “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No man cometh to the Father, but by me." Important example of Carolingian art, as well of one of very few surviving treasure bindings of this date. Precisely dated to…

Vintage Book Covers: Antique

oldbookillustrations: Front cover from Hood’s poems, illustrated by Myles Birket Foster, London, 1871. (Source:

The Book of Kells is the most famous, and one of the finest of a group of manuscripts in what is known as the Insular style, produced from the late 6th through the early 9th centuries in monasteries in Ireland, Scotland and England and in continental monasteries with Hiberno-Scottish or Anglo-Saxon foundations.

Cover of the famous Carolingian Gospel Codex Aureus of Sankt Emmeram. Made in ca. 870 at the Palace of Holy Roman Emperor Charles the Bald. Emperor Charles the Bald donated it to Arnulf of Carinthia who donated it to the Sankt Emmeram Abbey.

Antique indian carved ivory

Book Cover with Byzantine Icon of the Crucifixion, Icon carved about 1000, in Constantinople; setting made before 1085 Spanish; From the Convent of Santa Cruz de la Serós, Jaca Gilded silver on a wood backing, inset with ivory icon, sapphire, glass, and crystal