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A Book of Hours is a collection of Christian prayers for recitation at different hours of the day. Intended for individual use at home, they were simplified versions of the eight periods of daily prayer observed by monks and nuns, from matins in the morning to compline at night. They were written in Latin, the language of the medieval Church.
This exquisite illuminated Book of Hours was written for Margaret of Austria and her husband Alessandro de' Medici, First Duke of Florence. It contains 7 full-page miniatures, 20 illuminated initials decorated with gold paste, gold powder and gold leaf, and more than 200 initials on painted backgrounds.
The manuscript is presented in a double compartment marmot leather box, containing two volumes. The box is lined with vendôme, its cover padded and titled in gold lettering.
This is a rare opportunity for investors, book collectors and libraries to access this significant and beautiful historical document.
* A exceptional investment for the investor/collector
* Limited to 750 copies
* Published by Treccani, Italy’s premier Art publishing house and publisher of the Italian Encyclopaedia and National Dictionary of Biography.
* Paper: 190 gsm Luxor parchment
* Printing: 4 colour stochastic, hot-rolled gold, gold powder and gold paste
Format: Book with Leather Cover
Published: 1st November 2009