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Book of Hours of Philip II Facsimile Edition

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Richly illuminated with 45 miniatures embellished with gold, the Book of Hours of Philip II is a precious codex that was created in the scriptorium of the Real Monasterio de El Escorial, where the manuscript is still preserved. The relevance of the manuscript resides in its content, which includes devotional texts written for the royal house of Philip II and especially in the elegant miniatures inspired by the art of Giulio Clovio.

The Book of Hours of Philip II: A Jewel in the Monastery of El Escorial

The codex displays a large number of full-page miniatures. Vivid marginalia adorned with architectures, animals and floral motifs, along with fictive cameos and jewels, decorate the codex throughout.

While the initials of the major sections are decorated with floral patterns, the whole book displays an elegant and regular script that resembles the printed words.

The manuscript contains an opening Calendar followed by the prayer book which includes remarkable devotional texts such as the two prayers dedicated to the parents of Philip II, the Emperor Charles V and Isabella of Portugal.

An additional prayer was written for his wife Mary of Portugal, Elizabeth of France, his son Don Carlos, and his aunts Leanor and Maria, the sisters of the Emperor.

Giulio Clovio Inspired the Illuminations of the Book of Hours of Philip II

The monks Julián de la Fuente el Saz, Andrés de León, and Martín de Palencia wrote and illuminated the manuscript. They found inspiration in the Mannerist painting of Giulio Clovio, an influential illuminator who was born in Croatia and active in Italy.

Giulio Clovio painted famous manuscripts such as the Farnese Book of Hours, the Atlas of Charles V and the Triumphs of Charles V. Along with original iconographies, the Book of Hours of Philip II shows a magnificent miniature of the Burial of Our Lord which opens the sections of the prayers for the members of the family of Philip II.

We have 2 facsimiles of the manuscript "Book of Hours of Philip II":

#1 Capitulario de Felipe II

Madrid: Testimonio Compañía Editorial, 1996

  • Commentary (Spanish) by Martín González, J.J.; Ruiz Asencio, J.M.
  • Limited Edition: 980 copies
  • This facsimile is complete (full-size color reproduction of the whole original document).

Binding

Red velvet. Faithful reproduction of the original with silver hardware.

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#2 Libro de Horas de Felipe II

Valencia: Patrimonio Ediciones, 1996

  • Commentary (Spanish) by Gimeno Blay, F.; Serra Desfilis, A.
  • Limited Edition: 979 copies
  • This facsimile is complete (full-size color reproduction of the whole original document).

In the creation of the facsimile the gold has been applied by hand, thus achieving a reproduction faithful to the original.

Binding

Leather over wooden boards.

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