Week 14

Apokalypsis Sancti Johannis

Apokalypsis Sancti Johannis (The Revelations of St. John) - illustrations and the Latin text printed from blocks. From the dating of the paper, c. 1470-80, but printed from an older set of blocks. The book reads like a regular comic strip, since the texts are related to the individual figures. The reproduction here illustrates chapter six, where the first two seals are broken: "And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer ... And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword." The little 'e' in the upper right corner is the gathering signature.
The Manuscript Department & Rare Book Colletions, The Incunable collection.