The Prophecies of the Sybils

“More than a codex, a real work of art”

This manuscript, titledSibyllae et prophetae de Christo Salvatore vaticinantes, is a work by the French miniaturist Jean Poyer de Tours (approx 1445 – 1504). It is likely that the manuscript was bought by Maximilian I of Bavaria (1573 – 1651) more as a work of art than a book, therefore it has since been part of his art collection.

The Sybilswere soothsayer women of the ancient Greek and Roman world. Theirprophecies seem to have predicted the coming of Christ. This work consists of 25 large miniatures: the depiction of Noah’s Ark, and 12 two-page illustrations. The left side of the illustrations portrays one of the sybils, and is linked to the scene taken from Christ’s life depicted on the right side as well as to the deliverance stories they are said to have predicted. The scenes depicted on the right side are accompanied by a prophet of the Old Testament and one of the Evangelists.

Thefacsimile edition is similar to the original in the smallest details. This limited edition of400 copies is realised on Italian 190gr parchment paper, hot gold-printed with 24ct gold. The binding, entirely handmade, is realised in goat leather on wood, and mirrors the motifs of the original copy of the manuscript.

The original copy is kept at the Public Library in Munich – BSB Cod. icon. 414.

375 volumes numbered and notarised volumes, plus 25 by fellow publishers


  • Miniatures: 25 full page miniatures
  • Format: 240 mm x 165 mm (9,4 in x 6,5 in).
  • Language: Latin.
  • Origin: Jean Poyer de Tours’ studio, France, 15th century.


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