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The Très Riches Heures of the Duke of Berry

The Très Riches Heures of the Duke of Berry

Characteristics

Current owner:

© Chantilly, Musée Condé. Ms. 65. 15th century. 1410-1416 and 1485-1489.

Language:

Latin.

Illustrations:

130 miniatures and 102 pages of text. Goes together with a Cd-Rom containing the 208 folios which make up the original codex.

Extent:

Our fine facsimile edition contains 150 pages and includes its 130 miniatures.

Format:

29,2 x 21,3 cm.

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• First, true and unique fine facsimile edition with pergamenata paper specially treated. This exclusive handcrafted paper which price is 10 times superior to couche paper, used by Patrimonio in their commentary volumes, enables you, after our necessary and exclusive secret process of medieval ageing, to enjoy the following senses. Sense of touch: absolutely similar; sense of hearing: characteristic sound while passing its folios; sense of sight: undulation and roughness similar to the folios of the original codex; sense of smell: characteristic smell.

• 3D images. We applied to all its golds -leaf, ink- and silvers an ageing patina and subtle micro detachments, due to the passing of centuries and currently noticeable in all medieval illuminated manuscripts. Stochastic screening.

• Pergamenata Edition. First and unique fine facsimile edition with pergamenata paper and gold leaf with similar characteristics to the one used by the most prestigious publishing houses specialized in quasi-originals or facsimiles of illuminated manuscripts on paper, pergamenata or natural lambskin parchment. 744 single copies numbered and individually authenticated by notary public, exclusively intended for the new subscribers of the Collection Bibliothèque duc de Berry composed of the Bible moralisée of the Limbourgs, the Grandes Heures of the Duke of Berry and the Très Riches Heures of the Duke of Berry.

• Italia Edition. 150 single copies numbered and individually authenticated by notary public. The use of paper and golden leaf with similar characteristics to the ones used by other publishers reduces significantly its costs, the result is a best price facsimile.

• Gold Edition. 105 single copies with authentic 22 carat pure fine gold leaf and pergamenata paper. Sold out.

• The publication of the fine facsimile edition of the Très Riches Heures of the Duke of Berry is a direct result of the remarkable success of our faithful facsimile edition of the Limbourg brothers’ Bible Moralisée (Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, Ms. Fr. 166). It will be recalled that this was the only manuscript illuminated by the Limbourg brothers of which no facsimile had ever been authorized, owing to the extremely delicate condition of the original.

• Quite unlike the fragile Ms. Fr. 166, the Très Riches Heures of the Duke of Berry has been reproduced on several occasions, ever since the far-seeing New York publisher George Braziller joined forces with Draeger frères of Paris, out of whose workshops there emerged a magnificent facsimile of the priceless original.

• That is why we sought to add something extra to our proposal for bringing a new facsimile edition of this treasured work before the public. For the first time ever, the illustrations for the Très Riches Heures have been illuminated the way its creators meant it to be, by the liberal application of fine gold leaf on each and every one of its pages.

• Our Gold Series, which has sold out before its publication date, is accompanied by a notarized laboratory analysis confirming that 22.25 carat gold has been used throughout to faithfully recreate the splendor of the original.

• Other innovations of note can be found in all three of the series, Gold, Pergamenata and Italy. These can be noted in the way the sharp contrasts give a three-dimensional effect to the imagery, as well as in the fine detail and the deep richness of its tones of lapis lazuli blue. The result surpasses a magnificent fine facsimile edition, it amazingly looks like an authentic original hand painted and illuminated manuscript.

• The Très Riches Heures has been described as the summit of illuminated manuscripts, and a landmark in the history of art. It was the last work commissioned by the Duke of Berry, the most celebrated patron of the arts during the Gothic period.

• In 1416, the sudden death of the Limbourg brothers, followed by the death of their patron, the duke, left the manuscript in an unfinished state, most likely in the form of loose unbound sheets. In creating a binding of genuine silk for our facsimile edition, we have carefully studied the inventory of items belonging to Jean, Duke of Berry, made in 1413, which provides a detailed description of the bindings on the hundreds of codices in his collection.

• The images of the original codex for its fine facsimile publication can be obtained through various entities, such as the Réunion des Musées Nationaux de France or others.

Customer and expert reviews

Jet Prendeville

The individual miniatures are exquisite and wonderfully reproduced. Jet Prendeville, Art/Architecture Librarian Fondren Library Rice University

Gabriel G.

Je vous recommande d’adopter la même technique pour les Grandes Heures que celle utilisée pour les Très Riches Heures. Si vous réaliser ce travail, assurément, vous serez le n°1 mondial en terme de qualité de reproduction.

Manuel C.

Excelente edición. Enhorabuena para Uds. y fortuna para nosotros.

Egidio Donato

Congratulations to you and your staff, you love this job and that’s why your artworks are masterpieces of art! Egidio Donato, Marketing Director of Editalia. Gruppo Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato.

Luis R.

¡Enhorabuena! Es una maravilla.

Elias E.

Es precioso. Gracias. Una obra de arte.

Christian C.

Un rare moment d'émotion devant tant de beauté! Félicitations, et un grand merci à tous ceux qui, de près ou de loin ont permis que cette fabuleuse édition devienne le joyau de ma bibliothèque.

Rémy B.

L'ouvrage est magnifique.

Richard and Roz

Since we returned we have spent some time looking at the wonderful facsimile, and sharing this treasure with some of our friends.

Brian B.

The plates arrived safely and they are very beautiful.  I am particularly impressed with how vibrant the colours are, especially the blues in the page from the Tres Riches Heures. You have also managed to capture the quality of parchment in the paper you use and the details of the painting are much more clear than other facsimiles I have seen. I had hoped to be able to order a copy of the Grandes Heures this year, but unfortunately it is not possible.  I am still very interested in your publications.  Would it be possible to let me know about your new projects and future facsimiles? With best wishes,