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The Hours of Etienne Chevalier

  • Author:
    Fouquet, Jean
  • Publisher:
    Thames and Hudson, London, 1972
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A reproduction of the Illuminated Manuscript in the Musee Conde, Chantilly, France. Preface by Charles Sterling, Introduction and Legends by Claude Schaeffer. First edition, 1972. Hardback. Pages 1 - 21 preface and introduction, followed by 47 plates tipped in (mainly) to rectos with commentaries on facing versos, then pages 121 - 128 containing notes, bibliography, exhibitions and index. PUblisher's red cloth with gilt to front and spine. Original slipcase with printed plate to one face and a printed sheet folding over opposite face and spine to form a spine label. Etienne Chevalier, who commissioned this extraordinary Book of Hours, was born in the city of Melun around 1410. He netered the service of King Charles Vii of France and became Treasurer of France. Quite when Chevalier commissioned this Book is uncertain but was probably around 1446. One fascinating aspect of this work is the degree to which influences from theatre can be seen, with evidence of Fouquet being familiar with, for example, Arnoult Greban's "Mystere de la Passion". Fouquet can also be linked, by documentary evidence, with other aspects of the theatre. A payment is recorded for his staging of "Mysteres et farces" presented on the occasion of a visit to Tours by Louis XI in 1461. Book in fine condition. Some slight offsetting from plates (mostly bottom edges) to facing pages but this is very light and does not affect readability etc. Slipcase in very good condition. Small split to one corner and a very minor nick to opposite corner. Only very minor soiling to surfaces.
  • Our price: £40.00

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