Codex Gigas

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THE BIBLE OF THE DEVIL – 13th century

Preserved in the National Library of Sweden, HS A 148

The Codex Gigas, also known as the ‘Devil’s Bible’, is one of the most mysterious manuscripts in the world. It is widely known for two main reasons: its enormous size and its spectacular giant miniature of the Devil.

Written in Latin by a single hand, its origin is unknown. There is a note within that indicates that its initial possessor was the monastery of Sedlec in 1295.

The Codex Gigas contains a complete Latin translation of the Bible and other texts:

  • The Old Testament
  • ‘Antiquities of the Jews’ by Titus Flavius Josephus, Judeo-Roman historian (from the 1st century AD).
  • “Enciclopedia Etymologiae” by Saint Isidore of Seville (6th century AD).
  • A collection of medical works by Hippocrates, among others
  • The New Testament
  • The ‘Chronicle of Bohemia’ by Cosmas of Prague (1050 AD)
  • Works on exorcism, a calendar, magic formulas…

The author is assumed to be a Bohemian monk.

Rudolf II took the manuscript to his castle in Prague in 1594. We must remember that he was an obsessive collector of all things strange and mysterious. The Swedish army later sacked Prague in 1648 and took the codex to Stockholm.

In 1877 the Codex Gigas became part of the collection of the National Library of Sweden.


  • 626 pages riddled with gold-illuminated initials
  • This is the most grandiose codex in existence, surrounded by an aura of mystery. It also has an astonishingly attractive history.
  • Limited edition of 666 numbered copies with certification by a notary.
  • With each copy, we include a replica of the devil’s folio in the same size as the original. This replica is on display, since its inauguration, in our Voynich Museum in Burgos.
  • Photographs: Per B. Adolphson, Stockholm
  • Facsimile size: 47×27 cm (The original is 91×50 cm)
  • Reproduction of the folios on high-quality paper
  • Cream leatherette binding with attractive ironwork
  • Sold together with its book of studies

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Images of the Codex Gigas

Photos: Per B. Adolphson, Stockholm

This “Devil’s Bible”, the Codex Gigas, is not the only unsolved enigma found in the annals of history. A notable example is the De Monstris, an ancient manuscript that has baffled scholars and cryptographers since its discovery as well as the well-known Voynich Manuscript.

If you are interested in exploring more about these historical enigmas, we invite you to discover our collection of enigmatic and mysterious codices, where you can immerse yourself in the fascinating world of ancient codices and their hidden secrets.

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