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Les Très Riches Heures of the Duke of Berry Facsimile Edition

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This most lavish manuscript ranks among the most famous and precious books of the world and its miniatures among the most beautiful of the Middle Ages. The script is of extreme beauty and clarity and richly decorated with initials and ornamental borders. However, the main feature of this manuscript, which has brought its international renown, are above all the marvellous miniatures in the manner of panel paintings. The artists who participated in the execution of this magnificent book are well known: the Limbourg brothers and Jean Colombe were great masters of their times. Executed between 1410 and 1485 this unique work with its innovatory spirit and bold artistic approach clearly outdid everything hitherto known.

Mysterious History

The Très Riches Heures were made on behalf of the greatest bibliophile of his time, the Duke of Berry, around 1410. When he died in 1416, work on the book was interrupted. The then incomplete and unbound manuscript was handed down to the House of Savoy, to Duke Charles I who inherited the lavishly decorated work and ordered its completion. Its path is then lost in the mist of times. The manuscript later reappears in the middle of the 19th century in the library of an Italian baron who sold it to the duc d'Aumale. After the fall of Napoleon III, the manuscript came to France where it is kept today at the Château de Chantilly and now belongs to the Institut de France.

The Artists – Outstanding Masters of Their Times

The Duke of Berry entrusted the Limbourg brothers, who had worked in the bibliophile's services since 1404, with the execution of this manuscript. The art of the brothers Pol, Herman and Jean Limbourg was unique, its special character forbidding any imitation. Their work always represented and still remains to this day a landmark of Occidental painting. However, after their sudden death in 1416, the manuscript was left incomplete. The manuscript remained unfinished for quite some time until in 1485 Jean Colombe continued to work on it on the initiative of the Duke of Savoy. The artist clearly admired the Limbourg brother's style but refused to imitate it and developed his own style in accordance with the currents of his times. The calendar leaves in particular have not yet been fully attributed to a particular artist. Art historians speak of another "intermediary painter" who could have completed some of the calendar illustrations around 1440, however this theory has never been fully confirmed.

We have 4 facsimiles of the manuscript "Les Très Riches Heures of the Duke of Berry":

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#1 Les Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry - Die Monatsblätter des Kalenders

Lucerne or Munich: Faksimile Verlag, 1994

  • Commentary (German abstract, French abstract, English abstract)
  • This is a partial facsimile of the original document, Les Très Riches Heures of the Duke of Berry: the facsimile doesn't attempt to replicate the format or the look-and-feel of the original document.

The facsimile edition only reproduces the 12 miniatures from the calendar of Les Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry.

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#2 Las Muy Ricas Horas del duque de Berry

Valencia: Patrimonio Ediciones, 2011

  • Commentary (Catalan, Italian, Spanish) by Longnon, Jean; Cazelles, Raymond; Meiss, Millard; Samaran, Charles; Mariño, Beatriz; Bieker, Chiara M.; Benedict, Victoria; Schacherl, Lillian; Stromberg, Kyra; Taubert, Gesine
  • Limited Edition: 999 copies
  • This is a partial facsimile of the original document, Les Très Riches Heures of the Duke of Berry: the facsimile doesn't attempt to replicate the format or the look-and-feel of the original document.

The facsimile reproduces only 130 miniatures and 102 pages of text on a total of 150 pages out of 416 of the full manuscript. A Cd-Rom containing the digital images of the whole pages of the original is included. 

Pergamenata edition features pergamenata paper and gold leaf. 744 single copies numbered and individually authenticated by notary public, exclusively intended for the new subscribers of the Collection Bibliothèque duc de Berry composed of the Bible moralisée of the Limbourgs, the Grandes Heures of the Duke of Berry and the Très Riches Heures of the Duke of Berry.

Italia Edition: 150 single copies numbered and individually authenticated by notary public. Best price facsimile.

Gold Edition: 105 single copies with authentic 22 carat pure fine gold leaf and pergamenata paper. Sold out.

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#3 Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry

Lucerne or Munich: Faksimile Verlag, 1984

  • Commentary (English, French, German)
  • Limited Edition: 980 copies
  • Full-size color reproduction of the entire original document, Les Très Riches Heures of the Duke of Berry: 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.

The facsimile of this luxurious manuscript contains 416 pages in the format of 29 x 21 cm and includes 131 miniatures, all richly decorated with silver and gold, as well as over 3,000 gold initials. The commentary volume of 435 pages describes the manuscript and its historical and artistic background in full detail in German, English and French and also comprises a full transcription of the text.

The Four Seasons of the Duc de Berry

In addition to the facsimile edition of the Très Riches Heures Faksimile Verlag has an elaborate edition of The Four Seasons of the Duc de Berry on offer. 12 superb leaves showing all months of the year as well as the corresponding manuscripts are presented in a sumptuous box. A lavishly illustrated booklet describes the manuscripts as well as the leaves. The leaves are presented in a precious linen-covered box decorated with the arms of the bibliophile duke. The 12 leaves can also be used as an exclusive wall decoration since all folios are framed in passe-partout.

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#4 Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry

Modena: Franco Cosimo Panini Editore, 2011

  • Commentary (Italian) by Stirnemann, Patricia; Villela-Petit, Inés
  • Limited Edition: 550 copies
  • Full-size color reproduction of the entire original document, Les Très Riches Heures of the Duke of Berry: 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.

Binding

Morocco binding with gold printing, featuring the coats of arms of the Serra and Spinola families (front and back cover, respectively).

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