Piarist Book of Hours


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Illuminated Facsimiles

Piarist Book of Hours

Alternative titles – Libro de Horas de los Escolapios – Escolapius-Stundenbuch.
Physical features – Codex on parchment, dimensions 220 x 150 mm, 183 folios (366 pages).
Origin – France (Paris).
Dating – 15th century.
Provenance and present repository- The manuscript was certainly commissioned by a woman of high rank. In the 17th century it belonged to Tomás Crespo Agüero (b. 1668, d. 1742), bishop of the diocese of Ceuta from 1721 to 1727, and then archbishop of Zaragoza from 1727 until his death. In 1867, Juan Antonio de Rosillo – the last owner of the codex – donated it to the Biblioteca del Colegio de las Escuelas Pías, where it can still be found today.
Genre – Christianity, Private devotional books.
Language – Latin, French.
Script – Littera textualis.
Decoration – 19 large miniatures, over 200 decorated initials, borders on each page.
Illuminators – Bedford Master workshop.
Style – Gothic.

Data sheet: Illuminated Facsimiles

Aescolapius, international


Type of reproduction – Full-size color reproduction of the entire original document.
Publisher – Siloé, arte y bibliofilia (Burgos, 2007).
Limited edition – 898 copies.
Certificate of authenticity – The certificate with the copy number is attached to the colophon and authenticated by notary José Gómez Pascual.
Writing support material – Special aged like-parchment paper.
Binding – Red velvet cover, with sterling silver medallions and clasp.
Commentary – Commentary volume in Spanish. Texts by Miguel Hermoso Cuesta and Gonzalo Fontana Elboj.
Slipcase – Elm wood slipcase.
ISBN – 978-84-934894-5-8 (facsimile), 978-84-934894-4-1 (facsimile and commentary volume).
The facsimile reproduces as close as possible the physical characteristics of the original document, with the aim to substitute it in the scientific research and in the libraries of the bibliophile collectors. Trimming and composition of the leaves reproduce the profile and structure of the original document. The binding might not correspond to that of the original document as it appears at the present moment.

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