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Master of Mary of Burgundy Leather Bound – 9 Feb 1996


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  • Leather Bound: 192 pages
  • Publisher: George Braziller Inc (9 Feb 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807613320
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807613320
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 10.2 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,578,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Oct 1999
This facsimile of the manuscript is well done. A brilliant study of the history of this text, its owners, scribe/s and style is included on the first few pages. Detailed informative pages on the leaves which appear are also helpful in understanding the text and its use.
The quality of reproduction is high but could be a little higher as some of the hairlines printed are barely visible and would be invisible to the untrained eye. That said, most of the illustrations are clearly reproduced and the representation of the grasille paintings are of a high quality.
One other problem which arises in this facsimile is the poor quality of gilded letters and their corresponding embellishment. It should be noted that both these are notoriously difficult to reproduce but nonetheless essential to student and admirer of manuscripts. It is unfortunate that this problem occured in printing.
There seem to be more disadvantages to advantages in this review but this is not the case with the facsimile. Yes there are problems but all in all the overall effect is good and pleasing. Calligaphic reproduction is, in most cases, of such a high qualtiy that the stroke order is apparent.
This text, its extremely useful introductry notes and folio notes, bibliography and reproductions will be worth alot to the historian, calligrapher, heraldic artist and anyone else, for that matter, who appreciates good things.
Paul Antonio is an heraldic artist and a calligrapher
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Excellent, a palm size manuscript from the about 1470 or so. 31 May 2014
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There are a large number of partial or complete reproductions of Illuminated Medieval Manuscripts. Books of Hours would be the most common. They were the books of prayer that the wealthy read , prayed and meditated on throughout the day. There are a vast number of of reproductions of these Books of Hours
If you don't own it buy Taschen's
Masterpieces of Illumination: The World's Most Famous Manuscripts 400 To 1600

The Taschen volume will introduce you to the various types of illuminated manuscript and how the illumination style varied over time and by region (. Eg France vs Various Italian States) it also mentions which of the manuscripts had facsimiles. Facsimiles can vary from the relatively cheap to the very expensive. Some people use these to spur there own painting , or to improve there calligraphy etc or learn about page design

Jonathan Alexander is a world authority on this subject. This is one of his early books
I gather it isn't a complete facsimile of the Book of Hours but it is a very extensive selection
The book fits into the palm of your hand
Alexander has written a very useful introduction on earlier owners and later owners , who it was originally made for and by who and how the artist integrated his borders on the simpler pages with the text. He has interesting comments to make on how the artist handled the pages with text, border and miniature to try and cope with the two dimensional text with a transitional border and the impression of a three dimensional miniature-- you need to read his discussion to get his point

The illustrations get a brief but helpful comment. Sections are broken up into units. For example. (List incomplete)
Plates 2--25 the Calender. Very brief comment
Plates 27--29 prayers to the Virgin
Plates 30--36 prayers to St Sebastian/Antony Abbot etc
Hours of the Cross plates 37-- 40, 59--71
Hours of the Virgin plates 74--91
Seven Penitential Psalms plates 92--99
There are 113 pages that are reproduced
The work comes with a 2 page bibliography and a subject index of the plates

The volume includes extensive reproduction of the text and delightful border illusion. The Miniatures tend to be a third to a third to half a page. Some have extensive use of gold borders while others have flowers,butterflies,pilgrim badges etc

(There is a sequence on Hawking scenes. Plates 40-- 58 with the illustrations occurring on three of the four margins of the page)

This book is palm sized. It is well produced. The author has done a good job of explaining this Book of Hours in the brief space at his disposal. The colour reproductions are excellent ( only one or two disappoint)
Get to know the Taschen volume mentioned at the top of the review first and then think about whatBooks of Hours etc you may like and which are still available and at what price. This is a nice work to have if the price isn't to high
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