Book of Hours of Charles VIII King of France, XV century (AdC)


Book of Hours of Charles VIII King of France, s. XV (the codex of a king to them). Friends exemplary bound by Codex.

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Book of Hours of Charles VIII King of France, s. XV. Economic specimen bound by Friends of the Codex.

The Book of Hours of Charles VIII, King of France, is of extraordinary beauty, considered the most spectacular of the National Library of Spain and listed as Treasury of Spain. The decoration of the codex is very abundant, with more than two hundred marginal borders, in which palms, fruits and flowers are curled on a gold background. In the margins there are almost 200 small miniatures interspersed with motifs from the Old and New Testaments, the life of the Virgin and, on occasion, even with war scenes. To these miniatures we must add half-page and full-page illuminations of dazzling quality and beauty.

The main and almost unique miniaturist of the Book of Hours of Charles VIII was Master Jacques de Besançon. The only exception would be the king’s head portrayed in f. 13v., Which was subsequently manipulated with the portrait of Louis XII, although the figure of Charlemagne and the legend made unambiguous reference to Charles VIII.

From this codex an extraordinary facsimile edition of luxury was made in 1995, sold out for many years. In the second-hand market you can find copies of this edition with a price that can be around, on average, € 5,000, of which we can also offer a copy if you are interested.

The facsimile offered corresponds to the edition of Amigos del Códice and part of the files downloaded from the Hispanic Digital Library of the National Library of Spain, and is based on the original preserved in said public institution, is bound in leather and with titles golden, and does not detract from his older brother. It is a unique opportunity to get a copy of this work at an exceptional price.

Technical characteristics of this issue:
Handmade leather binding with golden titles and nerves.
Measures: 16.7 x 25 cm.
Pages: 240 with the reproduction of images without golds and in full color.
Paper: special great quality
Total weight: 1 kg approx.
Language in which it is written: Latin with some small parts in French
Year of creation of the original: XV century

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