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Re: [BKARTS] Completed the Gospel of Saint Mark Hand Written and Illuminated



If I ever become this obsessive about anything, shoot me....
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From: "James Pepper" <Biblescribe@xxxxxxx>
To: <BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Monday, November 24, 2003 4:40 PM
Subject: Completed the Gospel of Saint Mark Hand Written and Illuminated


>         After two and a half years I have completed my second edition of
the
> Gospel of Saint Mark, an illuminated manuscript completely hand made by
one
> man. Whereas I completed the New Testament several years ago, I decided to
make
> a very ornate illuminated manuscript of the 4 Gospels to reflect our
times.  I
> do not use computers to make this Bible, I do it the old fashioned way as
it
> has been done for the past 2000 years, as it is a devotion, and to
understand,
> to know, and to share the experiences of all those who have done this
before
> me.  I rely on inspiration and faith to design each page, from the layout
to
> the handwriting, to the illuminations and illuminated text, everything is
done
> from scratch, you can see the hand of the man who made it!
>        It is the Authorized Version of 1611 otherwise known as the King
James
> Version and I have the blessings of His Holiness John Paul II, the
Archbishop
> of York, the Bishop of Durham, the Bishop of Peterborough who is the head
of
> the Liturgical Commission of the Anglican Communion and I am correcting
the
> punctuation using a Bible given to me by the Archbishop of Canterbury for
this
> purpose. Pages of my Bible were placed on display in Florence last year
and the
> year before at the City and the Book Congresses and at the Calligraphy
> Workshops following the Congresses.  And I have been invited to show the
Bible at
> the Congresses in Florence again in 2004 and in 2005 at Jarrow (Northern
> England, the home of Bede and the church that directed the making of the
Codex
> Amiatinus and the Lindisfarne Gospels in the 7th and 8th centuries).
>         It is 121 pages in length not including the Chi Rho page and the
> cross pages, and I am scanning it now and have it about half way done in
the
> scanning. I thank everyone on the Book Arts List who have given me
suggestions on
> the scanning of this Bible and particularly to the folks at the Getty
Museum
> for their efforts. The difficulty in the scanning is the reflection of the
gold,
> silver, copper, steel, and bronze reflections.  Particularly in the
filigree
> work, the etching of the metals. This is not a subject that is normally
> addressed and it is extremely difficult to get the scans to look correct.
It got to
> the point where I had a collection of Adobe Photoshop Gurus arguing over
the
> procedure as they found it most difficult.  It seems that the simplest
things
> become the most complicated in our modern world!  Computers are used to
scan
> the work to print it, but as far as the manuscript is concerned it is a
> completely hand made work.  These same problems are found in the imaging
of the Book
> of Kells and other great Bibles. The manuscript is 11 by 14 inches in size
and
> will be a large book.
>        Each chapter I used a different historical manuscript style and
> illumination and variations of that style on each page. From early 5th
century
> Italian manuscripts brought up to Canterbury by Saint Augustine, through
the Celtic
> manuscripts, Carolingian works, the manuscripts of the Normans through the
> manuscripts of northern Europe all the way through history to modern
penmanship
> from the 20th century; I explored and immersed myself into the styles and
the
> artistic perspectives of the times always remembering the intent of the
people
> which was to make the Bible as beautiful as possible.
>        Recently I saw a Renaissance cover to a Bible made by Peter
Schoeffer
> Printer of Mainz, made in the 1480s which was made of tooled leather and
was
> thinking of something along those lines to cover this Bible and the
Gospel.  It
> had an interwoven pattern as one would see in a Celtic manuscript embossed
in
> the leather. I would be interested in people's knowledge of this type of
> leather work?
>
> Sincerely,
>
> James G. Pepper
> Biblical Scribe
> Images of my Bible are on this webpage but if the link does not transmit
you
> can find my website using my name in Google.
> www.hometown.aol.com/biblescribe1/biblescribe1/index.htm
>
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