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Timeline Outline ViewEra: 800 - 900   |   Theme: Book History


Circa 800
The Book of Kells.
The Book of Kells
Circa 800The Oldest Surviving Manuscript Written on Arab Paper 800 – 860"Mass Production" of Bibles at Tours: A "New" Development in Medieval Book Production Circa 816 – 841
A portrait of Matthew from the Ebbo Gospels. (View Larger)
An Unusual, Energetic Style of Illustration
Circa 816 – 850
Page from Utretch Psalter.
The Utrecht Psalter, "The Most Frequently Studied of All Illuminated Books"
Circa 818 – 1600The Leiden Aratea Manuscript of Ancient Constellations & the First Printed Facsimile of a Medieval Illuminated Manuscript Circa 820 – 830
Leaf 2r of the Stuttgart Psalter (Folio Bible 23 in the Wurttenmbergische Landesbibliothek). (View Larger)
"A Perfect Relationship between Text and Picture"
Detail of folios 4v/5r of the Vaticanus Latinus 3868.  Please click to view entire image.
"The most ingenious and expressive work of narrative art known from all of Late Antiquity"
825 – 850
A folio from the Bern Physiologus. (View Larger)
Medieval Natural History Bestseller
Circa 825The Earliest Surviving Text of Lucretius's De rerum natura 848 – 866The Oldest Complete Dated Book in Arabic Written on Paper Circa 850Gregory the Great Writing, as Depicted in an Ivory Book Cover Circa 850
An icon depicting St. Photius. (View Larger)
The First Byzantine Encylopedia
Circa 850The Oldest Western Medical Document after the Hippocratic Writings, and How it Survived the Middle Ages Circa 850Perhaps the Oldest Surviving Jewish Prayer Book Circa 850 – 1050The Text of Tacitus' Annals and Histories Survived in Only Two Manuscripts May 11, 868
A portion of the Diamond Sutra. (View Larger)
The Earliest Surviving Dated Complete Printed Book
870The Codex Aureus of St. Emmeram October 20, 879The Earliest-Known Manuscript of the Arabian Nights 888
The second page of MS. d'Orville 301. (View Larger)
The Oldest Dated Manuscript of a Classical Greek Author
Circa 900Jews Adopted the Codex Around 900 Circa 900
Folio 201r of Florence, Laurentian Pluteus 74.7, depicting an orthopedic procedure involving a ladder and pulley. (View Larger)
The Earliest Surviving Illustrated Surgical Codex
Circa 900
Folio 1r of Harley MS 55, the only surviving copy of the Leechbook of Bald. The manuscript resides in the British Library. (View Larger)
One of the Oldest Medical or Scientific Treatises Written in English