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FROM A VERY FINE, VERY LARGE BOOK OF HOURS by  OFFERED INDIVIDUALLY ILLUMINATED VELLUM MANUSCRIPT LEAVES - ca. 1440 - from Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books and Medieval Manuscripts (SKU: ST12158bD)

FROM A VERY FINE, VERY LARGE BOOK OF HOURS

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FROM A VERY FINE, VERY LARGE BOOK OF HOURS

by ILLUMINATED VELLUM MANUSCRIPT LEAVES, OFFERED INDIVIDUALLY

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Paris, ca. 1440. 222 x 162 mm. (8 3/4 x 6 3/8"). Single column, 16 lines of text, in a beautiful gothic book hand. WITH LOVELY RINCEAU BORDERS on one or both sides, these composed of delicately twining hairline stems bearing red and blue blossoms and FEATURING A PROFUSION OF BURNISHED GOLD IVY LEAVES. IN OUTSTANDING CONDITION, the vellum extraordinarily bright, fresh, and clean, and WITH MARGINS AS VAST AS ONE COULD EVER HOPE FOR. Commissioned for use by a woman (as indicated by the feminine form in the "Obsecro te"), the Book of Hours from which these leaves come could only have been a manuscript of great beauty prepared for a household of very substantial wealth and importance. The level of achievement manifested here in both the scribal hand and the execution of the illuminated decoration clearly indicates that some of the best artisans money could buy were at work on this book, and only a powerful family could afford to pay their price. Further corroboration of this fact is seen in the leaves' immense margins, which are at least as wide as on any Book of Hours leaves we have ever owned. Such a conspicuous display of purchasing power (those extra millimeters meant the slaughtering of extra animals, and that meant greater cost) announces an owner's self-congratulatory consequence that is uncommon except in the grandest of prayer books of the period. Happily, the condition here matches the importance of the manuscript, which was obviously considered from the beginning--and ever after--an object to be carefully preserved. For additional leaves from this Book of Hours at different price points, please check our website.

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Bookseller
Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books and Medieval Manuscripts US (US)
Bookseller Inventory #
ST12158bD
Title
FROM A VERY FINE, VERY LARGE BOOK OF HOURS
Author
ILLUMINATED VELLUM MANUSCRIPT LEAVES, OFFERED INDIVIDUALLY
Book condition
Used
Quantity available
2
Place of Publication
Paris
Date published
ca. 1440

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Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books and Medieval Manuscripts

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About Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books and Medieval Manuscripts

Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books an Manuscripts was established in 1978 on a ping pong table in a basement in Kalamazoo, Michigan. From the beginning, its founder was willing to sell a range of material (both because this approach made the work more educational than otherwise and because it gave him a good excuse for not being an expert in any particular specialty). Over the years, the business has gravitated toward historical artifacts that are physically attractive in some way--illuminated material, fine bindings, books printed on vellum, fore-edge paintings, beautiful typography and paper, impressive illustration. Today, the company still sells a wide range of things, from (scruffy) ninth century leaves to biblical material from all periods to Wing and STC imprints to modern private press books to artists' bindings. While we are forgiving about condition when something is of considerable rarity, we always try to obtain the most attractive copies possible of whatever we offer for sale.

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vellum
Vellum is a sheet of specialty prepared skin of lamb, calf, or goat kid used for binding a book or for printing and writing. ...[more]
leaves
Very generally, "leaves" refers to the pages of a book, as in the common phrase, "loose-leaf pages." A leaf is a single sheet...[more]
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