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Prayer Book; in German, illuminated manuscript on parchment
Germany, c. 1600-1650. BOOK DESCRIPTION: DELUXE ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT PRAYER BOOK DATING CENTURIES AFTER THE INVENTION OF PRINTING. In German, illuminated manuscript on parchment, Germany, c. 1600-1650. Dimensions 150 x 110 mm., 29 folios, complete, written in 17 lines long lines in a late Neudörffer Fraktur script, title and rubrics in red, FIVE 5-LINE ILLUMINATED INITIALS with foliage, putti, and birds, EIGHT 5-LINE HISTORIATED INITIALS featuring Christ, the Virgin, and Saints. BINDING: early twentieth century blind-stamped calf, with multiple borders and central diamond shape, raised bands. TEXT: This deluxe Prayer Book was clearly a special commission. With its almost exclusive focus on invocations for a good death and prayers for souls in Purgatory, this must have served as a meditation on the Last Things for its original Catholic owner. The tradition of copying Prayer Books by hand continued in Germany for centuries after the invention of the printing press. This example, copied a century after the Protestant Reformation, includes vernacular prayers that circulated in both Catholic and Protestant printed sources. PROVENANCE: Copied and illuminated in first half of the seventeenth century, as suggested by the script and style of the illuminations, this was created for a Catholic owner; f. 29v with a few lines in Greek in a later hand; early twentieth-century stamp, "Ferd. Bakala Wien," back turn-in, identifies the shop of Ferdinand Bakala, the Archduke's official bookbinder active in Vienna between 1908-1945, suggesting this may have been owned by Archduke Franz Ferdi … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Les Enluminures (ABAA & ILAB) [Chicago, IL, U.S.A.]
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