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The Visconti Hours


  • Author:
    Meiss, Millard and Kirsch, Edith W.
  • Publisher:
    Thames and Hudson, London, 1972
  • ISBN:
    500231729
  • Catalog ID:
    1307837
  • Our ref:
    1307837

Reproduced from the Illuminated Manuscript belonging to the Biblioteca Nazionale, Florence. First edition, 1972. Hardback. 28pp followed by unpaginated section containing the plates and commentaries, pagination resumes at pages 258 - 262 for the notes and the bibliography. Publisher's blue cloth binding with gilt to front and spine. Top edge gilt. Original blue slipcase with one of the illustrations from the Book of Hours pasted to one face. Giangaleazzo Visconti, who commissioned this Book of Hours was one of the most amitious and possibly the cleverest of that powerful family. Giangaleazzo was born in 1351 and married Isabelle, daughter of King John of France. Their daughter Valentina later married Louis d'Orleans, the younger brother of King Chrles VI of France. Giangaleazzo became the sole ruler of the County of Milan in 1385 and was granted the honour of crowned Duke and hereditary ruler of Milan. Like other tyrants in Ferrara, Mantua and Urbino, Giangaleazzo patronised learning and the arts. He also took an interest in the University of Pavia, founded by his father, and continued to build the great library at Pavia. In the late fourteenth century, Giangaleazzo was instrumental in making Pavia and Milan major European centres for the production of illuminated manuscripts. Book in near fine condition. Very slight musty odour but no other evidence of damp damage or mould etc. Slipcase very good with just a little light soiling.
  • Our price: £60.00

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