This codex, also known as the Missal Fernandez de Cordoba, is a magnificent example of Book of Hours according to the Roman use and a precious jewel of the bibliophile. Original preserved in the National Library of Spain (Vit. 25-3).
Books of hours and prayer books in general came under suspicion to the point that eventually be banned by the Inquisition. This issue is a paradigmatic case: the codex, in turn, owned by a lady named Teresa, was subjected to censorship and as such appears expunged precisely in one of the most popular Marian prayers. Strikethrough text is an irrefutable historical document of the inherent dangers of dogmatism and intolerance of human beings in all their history.
Such testimony would justify its release, but also the volume is a work of art, one of the most beautiful and best preserved codices. It is made with a very fine vellum cleared pigments, the craftsmanship is excellent and decor and illustration are exquisite.
The manuscript is your bill a clear example of the international style of the fifteenth century.
The originality of the thumbnails as altarpieces characterizes this book of hours, hence the name by which he is best known. It contains hundreds of ornamental motifs in their pages of text, such as butterflies, birds, dragons, putti, etc .. Equally beautiful is its current binding embossed leather on wood inlaid with gold and cobalt.
Facsimile format 16 x 23 cm. 400 pages, 45 full-page miniatures. More than 500 ornamental motifs, distributed throughout the codex. Special treated and aged paper, folded and sewn in the old style with vegetable thread parchment. Bound in embossed leather on wood, inlaid with gold and cobalt.
Companion volume of historical, artistic and paleographic study.
Presented in an elegant case closed.
Limited to only 550 copies, numbered and authenticated by affidavit.
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