Barberini Book of Hours for Rouen

Vatican City, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Ms. Barb. lat. 487


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Barberini Book of Hours for Rouen

Vatican City, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Ms. Barb. lat. 487

Alternative titles
Libro de Horas Barberini para Ruan – Barberini-Stundenbuch für Rouen – Libro d’Ore Barberini per Rouen – Livre d’Heures Barberini pour Rouen.
Physical features
Codex on parchment, dimensions 215 x 145 mm, 212 pages.
France (Rouen), early 16th century (ca. 1510).
Former owners
Pope Urban VIII, born Maffeo Vincenzo Barberini (b. 1568, d. 1644), head of the Catholic Church and ruler of the Papal States from 6 August 1623 until his death in July 1644.
Present repository
The manuscript is today kept in the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, under the signature Ms. Barb. lat. 487.
ChristianityPrivate devotional books.
Calendar, Office of the Virgin, other Offices.
Latin, French (calendar).
Gothic bastard.
17 full-page miniatures, 44 illuminated scenes, about 200 richly decorated borders, initials decorated with gold leaf at the beginning of the manuscript sections.
Gothic, Northern Renaissance.

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Das Barberini-Stundenbuch für Rouen

Publisher – Belser Verlag (Zurich, 1994), by concession of the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana.
Series – This edition bears the number LXXXI of the series Codices e Vaticanis selecti quam simillime expressi iussu Ioannis Pauli PP II consilio et opera curatorum Bibliothecae Vaticanae.
International distributors – The facsimile was distributed in Italy by Scripta Maneant.
Limited edition – The limited world edition is 1,200 numbered copies in Arabic. 80 numbered copies in Roman were not intended for sale.
Type of reproduction – Full-size colour reproduction of the entire original document. The facsimile reproduces the physical characteristics of the original manuscript as closely as possible, with the aim of substituting it in scientific research and in the libraries of bibliophile collectors.
Binding – The binding corresponds to that of the original document as it appears at the present moment. Trimming and composition of the leaves reproduce the profile and structure of the original document.
Commentary – Commentary volume in Italian – translated from the original German version. Size 21 x 15 cm, 130 pages, 29 black and white figures. Texts by König Eberhard.
Slipcase – The facsimile and the commentary volume are housed in a vertically inserted slipcase.
Certificate of authenticity – The certificate with the copy number is printed on the colophon of the facsimile and authenticated by Leonard Eugene Boyle (Prefect of the Vatican Library).

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