Moribund Bible of the Limbourg brothers, c. 1403

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Considered by many to be the most enlightened codex of the Limbourg brothers with 768 splendid illustrations.

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Extraordinary facsimile of the original guarded in the National Library of France, signature Ms. Fr. 166. Century XV (circa 1402-1404). Written in Latin. It contains 513 miniatures illuminated with gold and silver entirely by the Limbourg brothers, to which must be added 255 illustrations of Jean Fouquet and other great artists of illumination of manuscripts between end of century XIV and principles of the XV, all in the 100 pages Of parchment of which this extraordinary and beautiful codex is composed. Dimensions 29 x 41.5 cm.

Considered by many to be the most enlightened codex of the Limbourg brothers with 768 splendid illustrations.

The Duke of Berry and the Limbourg brothers linked their names to the history of art. The first was the most famous bibliophile of his time, and the Limbourg entered his service as illuminators of his court in 1405, making years later The Very Rich Hours of the Duke of Berry, which together with this Bible constitute his celebrated masterpieces.

Bound in red leather on table with ornamentation embossed in gold with the arms of the kings of France, in whose Library of Blois entered to form part through the king Carlos VIII.

The famous Limbourg brothers are the authors of most of his illuminations, being the first of his great masterpieces and the one with the greatest number of illustrations.

Its history goes back to the dawn of 1402, when the Limbourg entered the service of Felipe the Bold, Duke of Burgundy, brother of Jean, Duke of Berry and Carlos V, king of France. We could say that Felipe the Bold was the discoverer or scout of Herman, Paul and Jean de Limbourg thanks to his exquisite taste, refinement, passion and patronage of the arts. The Duke of Burgundy commissioned the illumination of the present Moralized Bible, a type of Bible that narrates the Holy Scriptures through medallions and explains it with annexed texts.

Moralized Bibles were by far the most ambitious attempt ever undertaken to illustrate the Bible and an accompanying commentary. With the sudden death of the duke in 1404 and without a patron to continue this ambitious artistic project, the Limbourg moved to the court of his brother Jean, Duke of Berry. Years later, René de Anjou hired other great artists who added illustrations to the manuscript. The facsimile reproduces in its entirety this original part and really attractive from an artistic point of view.

Unique facsimile edition, limited to 999 numbered and notarially authenticated copies, format 30,5 x 43 cm. 100 richly illustrated pages. Presented in a beautiful bookcase format format 37 x 47.5 x 6 cm, in wood lined leather and padded.

Complementary study book in 4 languages: Spanish, English, Italian and German. Format 25 x 34 cm. Bound in hardcover with dust jacket.

This edition obtained in 2011 by the Ministry of Culture, the First National Prize to the Facsimile Best Edited for Patrimony Ediciones, the publisher who with great mastery performed this extraordinary work and made it available to bibliophiles, collectors, libraries and art lovers, History and culture in general.

Note for lovers of numerology and low numbers in facsimile editions: in addition to offering it at an exceptional price, our copy has a number less than 50 of the series limited to 999 copies.

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