During the 19th Century, a range of Codices were recovered as artistic sources. The illustrations gained uncommon importance as a complement to the text and, in some cases such as this one, were the subject of a heinous bibliophilic and commercial practice: the factitious compilation of editions, whose original iconography was artificially enriched by a series taken from other manuscripts. To inflate the value of this Book of Hours, two groups of images from different sources were added.
This fraudulent operation has its recompense in the fact that manuscript 88 of the Episcopal Library at Vic is now a unique and extraordinary specimen. While leafing through its beautiful pages, readers will discover a veritable anthology of the very best styles that dominated the production of Books of Hours. Offering a privileged collection of illuminated pages, this manuscript enables the readers to look back over a wealth of creations born of different inspirational sources.
The original manuscript dates 16th Century, illuminated by a Flemish artist inspired by Italian Renaissance, was enriched later by 4 illuminations painted in 1410 in flaming Gothic and Catalan style; 55 parchments, fully illustrated; 4 full page illuminations, 1410 ca.; 30 full page illuminations, beginning of ’500; 70 pages with text and marginal decorations.