The Golden Calendar of Hildesheim is an excellent example of the so-called Zackenstil, or jagged style. This independent style of the 13th century combines two art forms, the emotionally oriented art of Byzantium and the early Gothic art of the West, with its vivid, sometimes even dramatic expressiveness. Characteristic features of the Zackenstil are sharp-edged, excellently coloured drapery folds, to which the style owes its name, and extensive golden grounds.
The manuscript was produced towards the middle of the 13th century in the well-known scriptorium of the Benedictine Abbey of St. Michael’s in Hildesheim, originally founded by Bishop Bernward (active 993–1022, canonized 1192). The Abbey has been included since 1985 in UNCESCO’s world heritage list, together with Hildesheim Cathedral. The manuscritpt was produced for the noble Abbey of St. Servatius at Quedlinburg.
A novelty in the history of facsimile reproduction
The facsimile edition of the Hildesheim Golden Calendar adds a novelty to the tradition of facsimile production: for the very first time, the silk curtains added to the original manuscript for protection of the individual pages have been reproduced in the facsimile edition.
Faithful facsimile edition of the manuscript Cod. Guelf. 13 Aug. 2° in the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel, made around 1250 in Hildesheim.
16 pages. Format: 22.5×30.9 cm. Limited to 980 numbered copies worldwide. Lightbrown leather binding with blind tooling. 76-page academic commentary volume by Harald Wolter-von dem Knesebeck, Helmar Härtel and Werner Hohl.
Both volumes in a textile case.
With gold tooling.