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The original King James version of the Book of Revelation profusely illustrated with rare and magnificent images from the 10th and 11th century Beatus commentaries; the 12th century Bamberg Apocalypse and the 15th century Ottheinrich Bible. 14,500 words, 99 full colour images

The version of the Book of Revelation given here is that of the authorised King James Version of the Bible, begun in 1604 and completed in 1611. The King James Bible is generally regarded as a literary master work, and its version of the Book of Revelation is reproduced here without change or comment as the Authorized Version of the Church of England.

What distinguishes this edition of the Book of Revelation is not the text but the remarkable and imaginatively beautiful accompanying images. These are derived from various 10th and 11th century illuminated manuscript versions of the Commentaria in Apocalypsin or ‘Commentary on the Apocalypse’ originally penned by the Spanish monk and theologian Beatus of Liébana in the mid-8th century. To these are added a series of illuminated miniatures of Revelations from the Bamberg Apocalypse created at Reichenau between 1000 and 1020, and from the Ottheinrich Bible, commissioned in c.1425 by the Royal Court of Bavaria and completed in the early 16th century by the artist Matthias Gerung.

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