Book of Hours of Louis of Orleans

National Library of Russia, St Petersburg




Shelf mark: Lat. Q.v.I.126.
Date: 1490.
Size: ± 215 x 147 mm.
232 pages, 90 illuminations with lavish marginal decoration.
Bound in violet velvet.
Leather case.
Full-colour commentary volume (320 p.) by Ana Domínguez Rodríguez (Universidad Complutense of Madrid) and Carlos Miranda García (Doctor in History).
Unique and unrepeatable first edition, strictly limited to 987 numbered and authenticated copies.
ISBN: 978-84-88526-74-8


Shelf mark: Lat. Q.v.I.126.
Date: 1490.
Size: ± 215 x 147 mm.
232 pages, 90 illuminations with lavish marginal decoration.
Bound in violet velvet.
Leather case.
Full-colour commentary volume (320 p.) by Ana Domínguez Rodríguez (Universidad Complutense of Madrid) and Carlos Miranda García (Doctor in History).
Unique and unrepeatable first edition, strictly limited to 987 numbered and authenticated copies.
ISBN: 978-84-88526-74-8





Commentary volume

Book of Hours of Louis of Orleans National Library of Russia, St Petersburg


Format: 248 x 326 mm
Pages: 318
Illustrations: 289
Languages: English and Spanish
ISBN: 978-84-88526-73-1 


CONTENTS:

From the editor to the reader

The Book of Hours of Louis of Orléans
Ana Domínguez Rodríguez (Universidad Complutense of Madrid)

The miniatures in the Book of Hours of Louis of Orléans
Carlos Miranda García (Doctor in History)

Bibliography






Description

Book of Hours of Louis of Orleans National Library of Russia, St Petersburg


This extraordinary book of hours contains an Augustinian-style calendar that states the date when it was made, 1490. It also contains the Hours of the Virgin, the Penitential Psalms, the litanies, the Office of the Dead, the stations of the Cross, the Hours of the Holy Spirit, the Trinity Hours, prayers, readings from the Gospels and the seven Petitions to the Saviour. The reference to Saint Louis, the autograph of Louis of Orleans (later King Louis XII) and the portrait on f. 11v indicate that the manuscript belonged to Louis XII.

The illuminations in this tiny manuscript are quite exceptional. The elaborate layout of its illustrations with sumptuous floral margins, especially in the biblical cycle, is a rare trait in most books of hours. The marginalia is often divided into sections with grotesques, birds, animals and other motifs.



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