It's a shame the text in this is only in French (at least it is for me, as my French is pretty poor), as many such art books have text in several languages. This was the only in-print and affordable title I could easily find on the the subject of the 'Trés Riches Heures', and I bought it hoping it would be lavishly illustrated. I wasn't disappointed. Arranged in months (with zodiacal signs above each month and a zodiacal figure at the end of the book as an extra image) and depicting scenes that celebrate the Duc De Berry's wealth, estates, habits and 'good taste', whilst simultaneously depicting scenes appropriate to the time of year, this is a magnificent collection of extraordinarily beautiful art.
I first heard about it via the DVD set of Kenneth Clark's superb TV series Civilisation
, a series that provides a lifetime's worth of inspirational material. This particular book is, fortunately for me, biased towards the reproductions of the images, which are printed in rich, crisp, saturated colour. So, even if, like me, you can't understand all or any of the text, this is a good way to enjoy the 'trés riches' paintings of the talented Limbourg brothers, artists whose style of depicting the world speaks so eloquently across time to us. As K Clark points out, they see the world "with a modern eye", thanks in large part to the higher degree of naturalism they employed in representing the world than had previously been common, that we can easily comprehend.