The Book of Miracles is an extraordinary Renaissance manuscript, created in Augsburg in the 16th century and only recently rediscovered. Its subjects range from hailstorms and comets to sea-monsters and ‘the beast from the bottomless pit’, exquisitely illustrated in all their impossible glory. Reproduced in its entirety, with a full transcript and accompanying essays, the book offers a remarkable insight into Renaissance Europe, its art, and its beliefs.
‘…this lavish facsimile is a wonder in its own right’, writes Tim Smith-Laing in his review of the book for the forthcoming June issue of Apollo. ‘Sandwiching hallucinatory accounts of classical and contemporary celestial phenomena, prodigious births, plagues and floods, between the old Testament wonders and the sinister visions of revelation, the manuscript comprises nothing less than a picture chronicle of the world’s past, present and future, in 192 miracles.’ We reproduce a few of them here.
You could win a copy of The Book of Miracles (worth £99.99) by entering the Apollo Book Competition before midday on Friday 23 May.
The Book of Miracles, Till-Holder Borchert and Joshua P. Waterman (eds.), Taschen, £99.99. ISBN 9783836542852