The Book of Hours, Offizium der Madonna. Vat. Lat. 3781
Facsimile of the Illuminated Manuscript in the Vatican Library
Published by Belser Verlag, Stuttgard in 1984
This is an exact facsimile of "Offizium der Madonna. Vat. Lat. 3781” published by Belser Verlag, Stuttgard in 1984. Since the establishment of its facsimile program in the early 1980s Belser Verlag has been linked with treasures of the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, from which it has reproduced over 30 highly acclaimed facsimiles, among them the Codex Benedictus Vat.lat.1202, the Cosmographia of Claudius Ptolemaeus Urb.lat.277, Dante's Divina Commedia Reg.lat.1896 and Marien Homilien Vat.gr.1162. The publisher's catalog offers a concise overview of the important manusript types (bible, fabel, livre d'heures, etc.) all based on undisputed masterpieces from the Vatican's holdings.
"Offizium der Madonna. Vat. Lat. 3781” consists of 2 volumes. The first volume is Das Vatikanische Stundenbuch Jean Bourdichons, a 136 page scholarly guide to the Offizium der Madonna written in German that is bound in brown cloth with a red and gold title label to the upper board. The second volume is The Book of Hours, Offizium der Madonna. Vat. Lat. 3781, a facsimile of the copy held in the Vatican Library. This volume contains 226 pages with 17 full-page color reproductions of illuminations by Jean Bourdichons and numerous illuminated capitals bound in full brown morocco leather with gilt tooling, raised bands on the spine, and gilt page edges. Both volumes are housed in a brown cloth solander box with a color printed label reproducing one of Bourdichon's illuminations to the upper cover.
The books are in FINE condition. The solander box is in FINE- condition with some minor surface wear to the front cover of the box. Overall, this is an exceptional facsimile of one of the most beautiful illuminated Book of Hours ever produced.
Photographs of the books and solander box as well as some stock images of the illustrations from the book appear in the photo section of the listing.