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The Codex Gigas

The Codex Gigas (or ‘Giant Book”) is also known as “The Devil’s Bible.” A curious illustration of Lucifer gives the tome its nickname.

The 13th-century manuscript is thought to have been created solely by a Herman the Recluse, a monk of the Benedictine monastery of Podlažice near Chrudim in Czech Republic. The calligraphy style is amazingly uniform throughout, believed to have taken 25 to 30 years  of work. There are no notable mistakes or omissions.  Pigment analysis revealed the ink to be consistent throughout. The book is enormous - it  measures 36.2” tall, 19.3” wide, and 8.6” thick; it weighs approximately 165 pounds. There are 310 vellum  leaves (620 pages).  The leaves are bound in a wooden folder covered with leather and ornate metal.

The manuscript is elaborately illuminated in red, blue, yellow, green and gold.  The entire document is written in Latin, and also contains Hebrew, Greek, and Slavic Cyrillic and Glagolitic alphabets. The first part of the text includes the Vulgate version of the Bible.  Between the Old and New Testaments are Josephus' Antiquities of the Jews and De bello iudaico, as well as Isidore of Seville's encyclopedia Etymologiae and medical works of Hippocrates, Theophilus, Philaretus, and Constantinus.  Following a blank page, the New Testament commences.

Beginning the second part is a depiction of the devil.  Directly opposite is a full picture of the kingdom of heaven, juxtaposing the “good versus evil.”  The second half, following the picture of the devil, is Cosmas of Prague's Chronicle of Bohemia.  A list of brothers in the Podlažice monastery and a calendar with necrologium, magic formulae and other local records round out the codex.  Record entries end in the year 1229CE.

In 1648 at the end of the Thirty Years’ War, the Swedish army invaded Prague and the Codex was stolen as plunder.  It is now held at the National Library of Sweden in Stockholm.  For more information, check out this short National Geographic documentary and/or flip through this digital copy.

( Wikipedia entry, et. al)

Several short National Geographic videos ~

One Helluva Book

Who Wrote The Devil’s Bible?

Super-human Scribe

The Devil’s Bible - Part 1.flv  (9:59) (derived from full video bleow)

The Devil’s Bible - Part 2.flv  (9:59) (derived from full video below)

** If you have the least amount of intellectual curiosity or interest in history, the short vids above will only whet your appetite: might as well grab a cold drink & some popcorn, then settle in to watch the whole thing ~

NatGeo : The Devil’s Bible - Full video  (44:58)

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Sun Ra whirling and reining the cosmos into order. 

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Sun Ra whirling and reining the cosmos into order. 

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A dictionary of the English Language by Samuel Johnson

London 1760

Johnson’s dictionary has some unusual definitions in it. 

Distiller: One who makes and sells pernicious and inflammatory spirits.

Dull: Not exhilaterating (sic); not delightful; as, to make dictionaries is dull work.

Excise: A hateful tax levied upon commodities, and adjudged not by the common judges of property, but wretches hired by those to whom excise is paid.

Far-fetch: A deep stratagem. A ludicrous word.

Pastern: The knee of a horse. (This is wrong. When Johnson was once asked how he came to make such a mistake, Boswell tells us he replied, ”Ignorance, Madam, pure ignorance.”)

Patron: One who countenances, supports or protects. Commonly a wretch who supports with insolence, and is paid with flattery.

Pension: An allowance made to any one without an equivalent. In England it is generally understood to mean pay given to a state hireling for treason to his country.

To worm: To deprive a dog of something, nobody knows what, under his tongue, which is said to prevent him, nobody knows why, from running mad

I particularly enjoy his definition of dull. 

He reminds me both of Jack Aubrey, and of Blackadder. Good company for him.

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It keeps getting better!

Oh lord, how I love this. It goes from strength to strength and then adds the Blackadder cherry on top. (Don’t care what anyone says, the best Blackadder series is the 18th C. series.)

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This is a GREAT way to spend your work day. (PS: Print your own list here!)  #Repost from @causticwonder —- This is what I did at work today. Spent far too much time at @powellsbooks website and then printed this out for my next bookstore visit. I’m at 6 of 25, but working on completing this list slowly. #powells #books #pictureofaprintedpdf

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This is a GREAT way to spend your work day. (PS: Print your own list here!)  #Repost from @causticwonder —- This is what I did at work today. Spent far too much time at @powellsbooks website and then printed this out for my next bookstore visit. I’m at 6 of 25, but working on completing this list slowly. #powells #books #pictureofaprintedpdf

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Lynd Ward’s sinister wood engravings for Madman’s Drum, 1930

Lynd Ward produced wordless graphic novels in the 1920s and 1930s, creating stories made up entirely of illustrations.  Although the genre was pioneered by Frans Masereel, Ward is perhaps the most influential of the early wordless novelists.  Art Spiegelman, Will Eisner, Allen Ginsberg and many others have cited him as an inspiration in their own work.

Ward worked primarily in wood engraving, which allowed for a refined line and detail.  These images are from Madman’s Drum, the story of a slave trader, an African drum, and a devastating family curse.

Ward, Lynd, 1905-1985.  Madman’s drum, a novel in woodcuts by Lynd Ward. New York, J. Cape, H. Smith [c1930]. MERLIN catalog record

- Kelli Hansen

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