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The Hours of Gabrielle d’Estrées, Use of Paris, illuminated manuscript in Latin and French on vellum
Northern France, (Paris), 1480. [THE GABRIELLE D’ESTRÉES - PRINCE DE CONDÉ COPY] 152 by 105mm, 150 leaves (plus 2 original endleaves at front), complete, collation: i-xi8, xii6, xiii-xvii8, xviii6, xix10 (the last quire including last endleaf and pastedown), catchwords, single column, 20 lines in an angular letter batârde, capitals touched in red, red rubrics, small initials in liquid gold on burgundy, pale blue or brown grounds, line-fillers in same, larger initials in white scrolls on burgundy grounds enclosing foliage sprays on brightly burnished gold ground and accompanying three-quarter miniatures, Obsecro te with three-quarter border of coloured acanthus leaf and other foliage, 8 quarter-page miniatures (for Hours of the Virgin after Matins) with three-quarter borders as before, 6 three-quarter page arch-topped miniatures with figures and draperies heightened with liquid gold strokes, and with borders of foliage on dull-gold and blank parchment shapes, some thumbing to a small number of borders with only significant smudge in border of fol.107r, slightly trimmed at edges with damage to catchwords and loss of outer vertical borders up to edges of decoration on some miniature pages, later architectural designs enclosing human faces with contemporary colouring pasted to front endleaves, seventeenth-century French binding morocco, profusely gilt-tooled with floral sprays and ‘s’ shapes within 2 rows of double fillets, cracking at spine edges, but solid in binding, in fitted brown-cloth covered slipcase. This finely illuminated Book of Hours has an illustrious provenance, … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Sokol Books Ltd. ABA ILAB [London, United Kingdom]
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