"Biblio" Pauperum

Please note: The images used here are based on scans I made originally from the Henry facsimile, which presents a very clean version of the "Schreiber I" type blockbook. Henry used two blockbooks as the basis for her facsimile: most of her images are from the Sächsische Landesbibliothek in Dresden, while pages a, g, h, *q*, *m*, i and *v* seem to be from the Musée Condé in Chantilly. The images have been significantly altered by me for use on this site. You can order Ms. Henry's facsimile edition by following this link to Amazon.com.


Cornell, Henrik . Biblia Pauperum. Stockholm: Thule-Tryck, 1925. "Reprinted" in 1983 (really just one-sided Xerox copies in a new binding). Sole comprehensive study. Text in German. Discusses Biblia Pauperum's influence on art.

Henry, Avril. Biblia Pauperum. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1987. Fascimile and edition. Excellent reproductions, translation and commentary. Introduction offers helpful overview of the book and its context. Extensive bibliography. ORDER IT.

Labriola, Albert C. and Smeltz, John W. Biblia Pauperum. Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Press, 1990. Fascimile and edition of the British Library Blockbook.

Soltesz, Elizabeth. Biblia Pauperum: The Estergom Blockbook of Forty Leaves. Corvina Press, 1967. Fascimile and edition of another "Schreiber I" blockbook, this one hand-colored, from the Esztergom Cathedral.

Essential Authors:

Berve, Maurus. Die Armenbibel: Herkunft Gestalt Typologie: Dargestellt anhand von Minitaturen ans der Handschrift Cpg 148 der Universitätsbibliothek Heidelberg. Beuron: Beuroner Kunstverlag, 1969.

Engelhardt, Hans. Der theologische Gehalt der Biblia Pauperum. Studien der deutschen Kunstgeschichte, 243. Strasbourg: Heitz, 1927.

Gabelentz, Hans von der. Die Biblia Pauperum und Apokalypse der grossherzöglichen Bibliothek zu Weimar. Strasbourg: Heitz, 1912.

Musper, Heinrich Th. Die Urausgaben der holländischen Apokalypse und Biblia Pauperum. Munich: Prestel, 1961.

Schmidt, Gerhard. Die Armenbibeln des XIV. Jahrhunderts. Veröffentlichungen des Institutes für österreichische Geschichtsforschung, 19. Graz and Cologne: Herman Böhlaus, 1959.

Weckwerth, Alfred. Zeitschrift für Kirchengeschichte 83, 1972.

In addition, I am indebted to these invaluable digital resources:

James Marchand's e-text of the Biblia Pauperum (no longer available), upon which I based my "English Rollover" translations. Marchand's translations are derived from "A. N. Didron, Christian Iconography, trn. from the French by E. J. Millington, with notes and annotations by Margaret Stokes, vol. 2 (Boston, 1886), Appendix III."

The anonymous modern craftmasters at Macromedia, maker of Dreamweaver and Flash, which made this site technologically possible.

This page was last edited on August 8, 2001.
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