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BOOK OF HOURS (Use of Rome); in Latin and French, illuminated manuscript on parchment

BOOK OF HOURS (Use of Rome); in Latin and French, illuminated manuscript on parchment

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BOOK OF HOURS (Use of Rome); in Latin and French, illuminated manuscript on parchment

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REMARKABLE EXAMPLE OF A PERFECTLY PRESERVED PARISIAN RENAISSANCE BOOK OF HOURS WITH BINDING, CLASPS, AND PICTURES ALL INTACT. Illuminated manuscript on parchment, in Latin and French, France, Paris, c. 1500. Dimensions 220 x 130 mm., 90 folios, complete, written in a single column of 30 lines in a pleasing formal bâtarde book hand, rubrics in red, one-line initials throughout, numerous two-line initials, 14 LARGE AND 23 SMALL FINELY EXECUTED MINIATURES by the workshop of JEAN COENE IV (=MASTER OF THE PARIS ENTRIES). BINDING: Bound in ORIGINAL, unrepaired blind-stamped leather, with raised bands, two original openwork silver clasps, original catch plates and anchor plates, remnants of velvet chemise beneath, vellum pastedowns, all edges gilt. In a modern brown cloth clamshell box with leather spine label. ILLUSTRATION: This exceptional Book of Hours was clearly a premium production, almost certainly done by the master Jean Coene IV (active c. 1490-1520) himself. The harmonious composition of each scene, the use of vibrant color combinations, and the confident line strokes clearly indicate the work of a practiced hand. PROVENANCE: The manuscript's original owner was Jean Martin, an official in the French government, whose name and important genealogical dates are written in the back of this volume. Front pastedown contains an armorial bookplate of Monsieur le Marquis de Dollon (1769- 1856); later in a private collection. CONDITION: few marks and a little rubbing to the leather, small stain affecting top margin of one gathering, trivial erosion to paint, light rubbing to one or two miniatures, but all imperfections are very minor. Overall in outstanding condition. Full description and images available. (BOH 160)


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BOH 160
BOOK OF HOURS (Use of Rome); in Latin and French, illuminated manuscript on parchment
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second hand - Very Good+
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France, Paris, c. 1500
Book of Hours, prayer book, illuminated manuscript, France, Paris, Jean Coene IV, Master of the Paris Entries, medieval manuscript, Renaissance manuscript
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Illuminated Manuscripts; Books of Hours;

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About Les Enluminures

Les Enluminures was founded in Paris in 1991 by Dr. Sandra Hindman in association with the Chicago-based business, and it has opened a gallery in New York in May 2012. Specializing in manuscripts and miniatures from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.


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spine label
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clamshell box
A protective box designed for storing and preserving a bound book or loose sheets. A clamshell box is hinged on one side, with... [more]
The decorative application of gold or gold coloring to a portion of a book on the spine, edges of the text block, or an inlay in... [more]
raised band(s)
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Pages or book covering made from a prepared animal skin. Parchment describes any animal skin used for books, while vellum is a... [more]
Abrasion or wear to the surface. Usually used in reference to a book's boards or dust-jacket.
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