The facsimile edition of the codex known as the Vatican Book of Hours (Vat Lat. 3768) comprises 169 folios with beautiful decoration of vegetal content, landscapes and miniatures (5 of them to full page and 13 of page of page).
This book is one of the few of this type that remain anonymous, because despite the recognized artistic superiority, decoration and miniatures, it has not been possible until now to go beyond the assertion of a probable origin in the copyists and artists of Ghent Or Bruges in the late fifteenth or early sixteenth century (Robert Campin, Jan van Eyck, Hugo van der Goes or Gerard David among others).
From the artistic point of view, besides the miniatures, the floral margins and the set of the perfect calligraphy of great regularity typical of a copyist of a certain rank (Gothic textualis), that together with the images and the margins compose a real work of art. Far from being a classic Book of Hours, it presents throughout its text a multiple series of prayers, texts destined for meditation and other texts of prayers, in addition to the long collection of invocations to saints and saints. It preserves of the usual formula of the books of hours the Office of the Dead and the “Suffragia”.
This manuscript does not have a linear content typical of the Books of Hours. We could divide it into:
A first part with the Office of the Dead, the corresponding litanies and annexed sentences.
Second part dedicated to the Psalter of St. Augustine and St. Jerome.
Third part with the contrition and pain of sins and sacramental confession.
Fourth part with prayers for acts of daily life with invocation to the heart of Christ.
Fifth part with prayers attributed to St. Bernard and Bede the Venerable.
The sixth part presents prayers and contemplations of thanksgiving.
Seventh part with the invocation to the name of Jesus.
The eighth part includes prayers for the commemoration of the dedication of a temple plus a prayer to set out.
The ninth and last part would be the part of the “Suffragia” or commemoration of the different saints and in the end the invocation of all of them.
Exemplary of the fine facsimile edition of 2008, limited, numbered and certified. Format 16 x 21.5 cm, 338 pages. Handmade binder in brown goat leather stamped dry on both sides faithfully reproduced from the original.
Exemplary in perfect condition.
Shipping costs for the account of the buyer, according to order and destination. Ask us without any questions, as well as any other facsimile or article you are looking for.