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Book of Hours of Rouen Facsimile Edition

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This 15th century Marian Book of Hours has all the characteristics of the golden age of French manuscript illumination: in the landscapes and perspective, the light and the color of the draperies with details highlighted in gold, and gold backgrounds to the borders.

The manuscript was attributed recently to the Master of the Rouen Echevinage. The rich decoration of the margin includes not only foliage – some stylized, some naturalistic – but also a variety of fruits and flowers, animals and human figures, with an obvious feeling for nature.

The lower parts of the calendar pages, as in many 15th century books of hours, bear country scenes appropriate to the corresponding months; these are an important documentary source, and confirmation of the artistic excellence of this Book of Hours.

It was purchased by the National Library from its owner in the 19th century, Don Francisco de Melo Manuel (Cabrinha).

We have 1 facsimile edition of the manuscript "Book of Hours of Rouen": Libro de Horas de Rouen facsimile edition, published by Testimonio Compañía Editorial, 1997

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Libro de Horas de Rouen

Madrid: Testimonio Compañía Editorial, 1997

  • Commentary (Spanish) by De Albuquerque, Martim; Brandão Cardoso Dos Santos, Sergio
  • Limited Edition: 980 copies
  • Full-size color reproduction of the entire original document, Book of Hours of Rouen: the facsimile attempts to replicate the look-and-feel and physical features of the original document; pages are trimmed according to the original format; the binding might not be consistent with the current document binding.

Facsimile and commentary housed together in a case (30 cm).


Full leather with metal clasps.

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