6 of unusual books of the Middle Ages, which were considered a luxury item

These days, the rich people own yachts, expensive cars, real estate. In the Late Middle Ages was considered a wealthy man of who owned ordinary book. And all because of the handwritten letters of the text than a year worked copyists. A framed their gold polish, precious stones. Prized and unusual books, intricate shapes that differ from the standard.

Songbook in a heart shape.

6 of unusual books of the Middle Ages, which were considered a luxury item

The Middle Ages excelled special love for books, having the form of the heart. Clearly, it was not spiritual psalms and entertaining texts, funny verses of songs. They get rid of sadness and entertained. These singers were in great demand at that, a long time.

Code Rotundus. Brugge, 1480

6 of unusual books of the Middle Ages, which were considered a luxury item

The book formed in an oval shape, a diameter of 90 mm. This miniature masterpiece of the 15th century was written in two languages: Latin and French. Book produced for the royal persons, and it is intended for worship. Book decorated with 30 caps, it is now stored on the shelves of one of the German libraries.

Belt book

6 of unusual books of the Middle Ages, which were considered a luxury item

Belt book was called so because it was worn on the belt. A piece of skin served as a continuation of the book and shut up for the belt or waistband person. And the book was hanging upside down, so that it can be read without removing the belt. These books have been popular in the 15-16 centuries in Germany and the Netherlands.

Bilateral book "dozado"

6 of unusual books of the Middle Ages, which were considered a luxury item

Such bilateral books were used in the 16-17 centuries. Their unusual binding called "dos-a-dos" ( "dozado"). This method is often used to create the Old and New Testaments.

A book that can be read by six different ways

6 of unusual books of the Middle Ages, which were considered a luxury item

This book is a more complex form of the preceding one. It can be read by six different ways. In other words, it contains 6 different books. This ingenious creation was created in Germany in the 16th century. It contains religious texts of the past, including "Small Catechism" Martin Luther. Now the book is kept in the library of Strängnäs (Sweden).

Book on "leg"

6 of unusual books of the Middle Ages, which were considered a luxury item

In the 17th century, the book weighed more than now. Kids ABC was a piece of paper, attached to the frame on the stem. Thus, the child is able to clamp a piece of wood between your legs and lift the alphabet to the required distance in front of the eyes.

When Europe began to emerge in the library, the books, due to their high cost, chained. Today it seems to savagery, but in medieval libraries racks were equipped with special rings for chains that have been long enough that a book could work, but at the same time to make it out of the room was not possible.

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