The Book of Hours of the Countess of Bertiandos (Livro da countess hours of Bertiandos) represents a curious and beautiful manuscript, uncharacteristically lit the use of other books of hours. It is also regarded as the summit of religious and popular artistic illumination of the Middle Ages. A codex that besides their religious illuminations highlights, for his scenes of “civil matter” with customs and common uses at the time.
In this codex they are represented customs and practices that make it an essential document for knowledge of lost traditions and habits. With great attention to detail and excellent color richness flowers, fruits, insects, fish, game animals, pets, trumpets, boats, ladders, farm implements and water, music and hybrid forms are presented. It provides a beautiful zoological information, especially as it relates to today extinct mammals. The typology as a whole corresponds to a figurative naturalistic style of Flemish influence, with great tendency to representation of flora and fauna. Although such representation among secular nature must not forget the religious iconography, which is a fundamental link. We find images of the Holy Shroud, the dove of the Holy Spirit, a medallion with Christ crucified, angels, chalices, mitres of bishops, saints, the hand of God in a position of blessing, the biblical episode of the struggle of St. George and the dragon, etc …
This beautiful and rare codex is written in Latin in two columns, in rotunda Gothic letter or semigótica, and dated between 1515 and 1530. It is assumed that was Antonio Dutch calligrapher, formed as a highlighter in the workshop of Alexandre Bening, in the Countries Netherlands, although he worked from the late fifteenth century in Portugal, where it is enshrined as one of the most eminent artists illuminand ars.
236 pages in size 24.5 x 33.7 cm, containing 2,066 illuminated images. special parchment paper with the same thickness, feel and smell as the original. Blue Series 1813 manuscript, chest 34, kept in the Sciences Academy of Lisbon. The facsimile has been bound in leather on wood by hand sewn dogtooth with hemp twine, and delivered with a beautiful guardalibro case for better protection.
Volume is accompanied by complementary study including Spanish translation and transcription of the Latin text. 204 pages, format 23.5 x 32.8 cm. Clothbound and sewn with vegetable thread. Brand New Book.
A copy of books atypical and very beautiful medieval times, and at a great price.
Edition in 2004, numbered and limited to 999 copies duly authenticated by one to one affidavit. The specimen we offer is interesting for being a low number less than 30.
A beautiful facsimile that has to be in any collection that boasts of Books of Hours, and in any bibliophile or collector in general. An excellent gift for any occasion.
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