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[FRANCE]
Les Tres Riches Heures du Duc de Berry.

Published
Lucerne: Mengis et Sticher, 1984.
References
(Exposition Les Belles Heures du duc de Berry, Musée du Louvre.)
Plates
approx 365
Binding/Size
M=4to
Value
0-5000
Published
Lucerne: Mengis et Sticher, 1984.
Ref
477

The superb reproduction of the Très riches Heures du Duc de Berry illustrated with 131 gilt and silver enhanced illuminations. (Copy n° 457). 4to [292 x 202 mm] of (1) l., 206 ll. numbered by hand, (1) l. 131 miniatures decorated with gold and silver, numerous historiated initials. Bound after the model of the original binding in full red morocco, gilt-stamped arms at the center of the covers, large gilt roll-stamp on the covers, spine ribbed and richly decorated, paste-down covered in green silk, gilt inner border, gilt edges. Workshops Burkhardt from Zürich. -With a text volume: Kommentar by Herausgegeben Von, Raymon Cazelles Und, Johannes Rathofer: 4to in red half morocco. "THIS FACSIMILE VOLUME IS AN IDENTICAL REPLICA TO THE ORIGINAL, kept under n°65 in the BOOKS CABINET AT THE CONDÉ MUSEUM, IN CHANTILLY (France). THE UNIQUE PRINT OF THIS WORK IS LIMITED TO 980 NUMBERED COPIES in Arabic numbers made for sale worldwide." "Until nine colours were necessary to loyally reproduce the illustrations. The gilt and silver parts, made with a brush on the original copy, have required four gilt and silver colours. The house Bawarel of Niederwangen has realized the reproductions of the running initials and miniatures made with gilt and silver leaf." "This exceptional book of Hours was illuminated, at the very beginning of the 15th century, by THE BROTHERS OF LIMBOURG WHO COMBINED THE BEAUTY OF PAINTED CYCLES, THE INVENTION IN THE COMPOSITIONS AND THE INNOVATION IN THE CONCEPTION OF SPACE AND NARRATION. The book of Hours, a compilation of texts of piety and services made for the laics, was the work of piety the most widespread and the most wanted at the end of the Middle Ages. As the greatest bibliophiles of his time, Jean de Berry had a taste for this kind of manuscript. His name is associated with a prestigious series of books of hours that he had made for his use between the last quarter of the 14th century and his death in 1416. THOSE WHICH HAVE COME DOWN TO US ARE AMONGST THE MASTERPIECES OF FRENCH ILLUMINATION, EVEN EUROPEAN, OF THE ENDING MIDDLE AGES." The Duke of Berry, collector, sponsor, and great bibliophile, commanded this masterpiece made of 131 GILT AND SILVER ENHANCED ILLUMINATIONS, INCLUDING 66 LARGE FULL-PAGE MINIATURES, AND MORE THAN 3 000 GILT INITIALS. The outcome of a work spread out over 80 years from 1412 to 1489, this manuscript is the result of a collaboration between several artists who followed each other. The brothers Limbourg, who started the work, picked for the occasion the most precious pigments: lapis lazuli blue, vermilion red, copper green, lead white… Barthélémy d'Eyck carried on with the realization of the manuscript in 1440 and Jean Colombe finished it from 1485 to 1489. Coloured plates in order: 1. The New Year reception at the Duke of Berry. The host sits in a heavy blue robe with a fur cap on his head before a roaring fire at the banquet table... 2. The calendar month of January. With 'Saints Days' in red and blue letters etc. Decorative. 3. A slice of rural life in Winter; featuring sheep, donkeys and farmers... 4. The calendar month of February. With 'Saints Days' in red and blue letters etc. Decorative. 5. This month is dominated by the powerful Lusignan castle with its tiered boundary walls, stately living quarters, and its towers. Workers till and tend the land in the foreground. 6. The calendar month of March. With 'Saints Days' in red and blue letters etc. Decorative. 7. As spring approaches, an engagement scene is painted. 8. The calendar month of April. With 'Saints Days' in red and blue letters etc. Decorative. 9. This image depicts the old custom of the first of May to celebrate the young people with a spirited ride to the country in which they left accompanied by trumpets... 10. The calendar month of May. With 'Saints Days' in red and blue letters etc. Decorative. 11. For the month of June, the traditional motif of hay was chosen. In the foreground, two women are raking the freshly cut grass into neat piles...men cut the grass with sickles. A large castle dominates the background... 12. The calendar month of June. With 'Saints Days' in red and blue letters etc. Decorative. 13. The July harvest and sheep are selected. Two broad-brimmed straw hat peasants cut with sickles the mature grain, red poppies, and blue cornflowers are in amongst the harvest. 14. The calendar month of July. With 'Saints Days' in red and blue letters etc. Decorative. 15. The focus of the ride is represented as medieval falconry, which was the unique privilege of the nobility. Peasants and a large castle form the background. 16. The calendar month of August. With 'Saints Days' in red and blue letters etc. Decorative. 17. The month of September is symbolized by the vintage, which is seen here at the foot of the beautiful castle of Saumur. In the foreground, workers collect the grapes and place them into baskets before unloading them onto ox-drawn carts... 18. The calendar month of September. With 'Saints Days' in red and blue letters etc. Decorative. 19. The sowing of cereals. A farmer, on horseback, ploughs a field; another farmer spreads grain by hand from a sling around his neck. A large and formidable castle in the background... 20. The calendar month of October. With 'Saints Days' in red and blue letters etc. Decorative. 21. The acorn fattening of pigs is a familiar and relatively common motive for representing the month of November. 22. The calendar month of November. With 'Saints Days' in red and blue letters etc. Decorative. 23. The representation of a boar hunt, chosen here as the theme for the last month of the year, is quite unusual in a book of hours this time. Three Huntsmen, one of which blasts on a horn, stand round the animal brought to the ground and set upon by a pack of hounds. 24. The calendar month of December. With 'Saints Days' in red and blue letters etc. Decorative. 25. L'homme anatomique. 26. St. Jean a Pathmos. 27. Coloured initial letter 'S' and some small decoration. 28. There are some attractive illuminations, one of St. Luke, and a coloured initial letter. 29. There are some attractive illuminations, one of St. Matthew, and a coloured initial letter. 30. Le martyre de Saint Marc. 31. Some attractive illuminations and a coloured initial letter. 32. La Vierge, la Sybille et l'empereur Auguste. 33. Adam et Eve expulse du paradis. 34. L'Annonciation. 35. David annonce la venue du Christ. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 36. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 37. Le Christ eleve au-dessus de toute creature. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 38. Annonce par David de la predication des apotres. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 39. Some small coloured initial letters etc. 40. L'arche d'alliance est portee dans le Temple. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 41. Some small coloured initial letters etc. 42. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 43. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 44. Le marriage mystique de l'eglise et du Christ. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 45. Some small coloured initial letters etc. 46. Les fils de Core remercient Dieu de les avoir sauves. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 47. L'eglise militante, puis triomphante. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 48. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 49. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 50. Le Christ juge le monde. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 51. Le Christ dans sa glorie. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 52. Some small coloured initial letters etc. 53. La construction du Temple. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 54. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 55. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 56. Some small coloured initial letters etc. 57. Le bapteme de saint Augustine. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 58. Some small coloured initial letters etc. 59. La Visitation. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 60. Le Christ roi. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 61. David prie le Seigneur / Le reve de David. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 62. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 63. Les trois Hebreux dans la fournaise. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 64. Some small coloured initial letters etc 65. Dieu regne sur la terre et les eaux. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 66. Some small coloured initial letters etc. 67. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 68. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 69. Zacharie et l'archange Gabriel. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 70. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 71. La Nativite. Some small coloured initial letters etc. 72. David jouant de la harpe. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 73. La victoire du Messie. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 74. Some small coloured initial letters etc. 75. David demande le secours de Dieu. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 76. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 77. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 78. L'annonce aux bergers. Some small coloured initial letters etc. 79. David en priere. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 80. David deliver les prisonniers. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 81. David voit construire un palais. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 82. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 83. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 84. The meeting of the Magi. 85. Adoration of the Magi. 86. Priere du psaume 123. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 87. Action de graces du psaume 124. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 88. Priere du psaume 125. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 89. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 90. La Purification de la Vierge. 91. Le psaume 126. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 92. Le psaume 127. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 93. Le psaume 128. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 94. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 95. Scenes de la fuite en Egypte. 96. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 97. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 98. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 99. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 100. Le Magnificat. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 101. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 102. Le couronnement de la Vierge. 103. Le psaume 13. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 104. Le psaume 43. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 105. Le psaume 129. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 106. Le psaume 131. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 107. Le cantique de Siméon. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 108. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 109. La chute des anges rebelles. 110. Le psaume 6. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 111. Le psaume 33. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 112. Some small coloured initial letters etc. 113. Le psaume 38. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 114. Some small coloured initial letters etc. 115. Le psaume 51. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 116. Some small coloured initial letters etc. 117. Psaume 102. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 118. Some small coloured initial letters etc. 119. Some small coloured initial letters etc. 120. Le De Profundis. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 120. Psaume 143. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 121. Some small coloured initial letters etc. 122-123. Le grande litanie. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 124. Many small coloured initial letters etc. 125. Many small coloured initial letters etc. 126. Many small coloured initial letters etc. 127. Many small coloured initial letters etc. 128. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 129. Le Christ de pitie. 130. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 131. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 132. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 133. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 134. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 135. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 136. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 137. La Pentecote. 138. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 139. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 140. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 141. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 142. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 143. Job sur son fumier. 144. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 145. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 146. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 147. Le psaume 138. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 148. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 149. Le psaume 146. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 150. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 151. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 152. Les obsequies de Raymond Diocres. 153. Some small coloured initial letters etc. 154. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 155. Le psaume 7. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 156. Some small coloured initial letters etc. 157. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 158. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 159. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 160. Le cavalier de la mort. 161. Some small coloured initial letters etc. 162. Le psaume 25. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 163. Some small coloured initial letters etc. 164. Le psaume 27. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 165. Some small coloured initial letters etc. 166. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 167. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 168. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 169. La Victoire de David. 170. Some small coloured initial letters etc. 171. Le psaume 40. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 172. Some small coloured initial letters etc. 173. Some small coloured initial letters etc. 174. Le psaume 47. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 175. Some small coloured initial letters etc. 176. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 177. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 178. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 179. Some small coloured initial letters etc. 180. Le repenter de David. 181. Some small coloured initial letters etc. 182. Le psaume 65. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 183. Some small coloured initial letters etc. 184. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 185. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 186. Le cantique d'Ezechias. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 187. Some small coloured initial letters etc. 188. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 189. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 190. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 191. Some small coloured initial letters etc. 192. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 193. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 194. L'enfer. 195. Le bapteme du Christ. 196. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 197. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 198. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 199. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 200. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 201. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 202. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 203. Le Purgatoire. 204. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 205. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 206. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 207. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 208. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 209-220. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 221. La dispersion des apotres. 222-227. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 228. La Paradis. 229-234. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 235. Le Saint-Sacrament. 236-242. L'invention de la Croix. 243-248. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 249. La presentation de la Vierge au Temple. 250-256. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 257. Le plan de Rome. 258. L'arrestation de Jesus. 259. Le Christ conduit a la demeure de son juge. 260. La flagellation. 261-264. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 265. La sortie du pretoire. 266. La marche au Calvarie. 267. La pendaison de Judas. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 268-270. Some small coloured initial letters etc. 271. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 272. Le psaume 22. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 273-275. Some small coloured initial letters etc. 276. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 277. La crucifixion. 278. Les Tenebres. 279. Le psaume 68. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 280-283. Some small coloured initial letters etc. 284-285. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 286. La deposition de la Croix. 287. La mise au Tombeau. 288. Le psaume 57. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 289. La Messe de Noel. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 290-294. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 295. La Tentation du Christ. 296-299. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 300. La Cananeenne. 301-303. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 304. La guerison du possede. 305-307. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 308. La Multiplication des pains. 309-311. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 312. La resurrection de Lazare. 313-315. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 316. L'entree du Christ a Jerusalem. 317-319. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 320. La Resurrection. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 321-323. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 324. L'Ascension. 325-327. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 328. La Pentecote. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 329-331. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 332. Le Christ benissant le monde. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 333. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 334. Small coloured initial letter. 335. La communion des apotres. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 336-338. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 339. Vierge a L'Enfant. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 340-341. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 342. L'Exaltation de la Croix. 343-345. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 346. Le Mont Saint Michel. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 347-349. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 350. La benediction du pape. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 351. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 352. Small coloured initial letter. 353-354. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 355. Le Messe des morts. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 356-357. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc. 358. Le martyre de saint Andre. 359-365. Some marginal illuminations and small coloured initial letters etc.