The treasure of the Montserrat Abbey. Nestled in a magical place since the 11th century, the Montserrat Monastery preserves in its Library these three unique manuscripts, without a doubt the three most important Books of Hours of custody in the Iberian Peninsula by their authors, provenance, beauty and status. conservation.
The facsimile edition also restores fragments of the manuscripts that had been torn from the original codices and that are currently preserved in the Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles and in the Munich State Library.
The collection is made up of the following codices:
Little Hours of Montserrat (Münich-Montserrat)
Author: Simon Bening, Flemish painter and miniaturist, one of the greatest innovators and responsible for the rise of the Flanders miniature in the 15th century. He worked for the Emperor Carlos V, the Infante Fernando de Portugal or the Archbishop Alberto de Brandenburg, among many other noble nobles.
Format 12 x 15 cm. 440 pages, all of them magnificently illuminated, either full page, or with beautiful floral decoration inhabited by hundreds of plants and capitular letters with gold. The precious calendar that opens the book is considered by specialists in medieval and Renaissance miniature, as the second cycle of images of the most important months of the year after that of The Very Rich Hours of the Duke of Berry.
Signatures: Ms. 53 from the Montserrat Abbey Library; CLM 23638 of the Bayer Stattisbibliothek München (calendar); and Ms. 3 from the Paul Getty Library in Los Angeles.
Origin: Ghent, Flanders, 16th century.
Book of Hours of Our Lady of Montserrat
Author: Master of the “Triumphs of Petrarch” and of the “Book of Hours of Anne of Brittany”.
Format 13.8 x 18.5 cm. 260 pages, all of them magnificently illuminated, either full page (48), or with beautiful floral decoration inhabited with more than 1,000 characters, animals and plants, as well as hundreds of capitulars with gold.
Signature: Ms. 851 of the Montserrat Abbey Library.
Origin: Rouan, France, XV century.
Great Hours of Montserrat (Hipólita de Aragón-Sforza)
Author: Jean Bourdichon, one of the most prestigious miniaturists in History and painter of the Court of four kings of France (Louis XI, Charles VIII, Louis XII and Francis I) and of two queens (Charlotte of Savoy and Anne of Brittany) .
Format 14.5 x 20.7 cm. 304 pages, all of them superbly illuminated, either full page (38), or with beautiful floral decoration inhabited by several hundred plants, capitulars with gold and a complete medieval bestiary of mythological animals.
Signature: Ms. 66 from the Montserrat Abbey Library.
Origin: Paris, France, XV-XVI centuries.
A work of authentic luxury, the highest quality materials and the techniques used in this masterpiece of the facsimile edition speak for themselves of the luxury of enjoying the Montserrat Collection.
The collection is presented in a luxurious one-piece varnished elm root wood storage box with hidden magnets for a perfect seal. Interior upholstered in Italian alcantara leather in beige tone. Wooden structure made by hand by a cabinetmaker craftsman. Format 44.5 x 28.3 x 14.5 cm. Add a white cotton cloth and gloves.
The facsimiles have been bound in authentic silk velvet on wood, with 24K gold plated bronze covers. Original binding motifs obtained from the lost wax originals. Print made on Fedrigoni Pergamenata Stucco paper of special manufacture. Thermal stamping of golds with cracked effect, identical to the originals.
Edition made in 2014, limited to only 375 copies and numbered and signed by Abat de Montserrat on a plate attached inside the chest.
It is accompanied by the supplementary study book bound in illustrated hardcover, format 21.8 x 30.5 cm.
Complete copy, in perfect condition and the only one available. Edition almost sold out.
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