Prayer Book of Anna Colonna

Baltimore, Walters Art Museum, Ms. W.322


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Illuminated Facsimiles

Prayer Book of Anna Colonna

Baltimore, Walters Art Museum, Ms. W.322

Alternative titles
Book of Hours of Anna Colonna – Libro de Oraciones de Anna Colonna – Gebetbuch der Anna Colonna – Libro di Preghiere di Anna Colonna.
Physical features
Codex on parchment, dimensions 105 x 74 mm, iv-231-ii folios.
18th century red morocco binding with gold decorations on the boards and spine.
Produced in Italy (Apulia) in the 15th century (before 1463).
Anna Colonna of Paliano, niece of Pope Martin V and princess of Taranto following her marriage in 1417 to the Prince of Taranto Gian Antonio Orsini del Balzo (b. 1401, d. 1463). The coat of arms of the Colonna family is depicted on folio 50r.
Peter Marié (b. 1826, d. 1903); George Richmond – bought in 1903 in New York; Henry Walters (b. 1848, d. 1931).
Present repository
Upon the death of Henry Walters, the manuscript was left as a donation to the Walters Art Gallery – now the Walters Art Museum – where it can still be found under the shelfmark MS W.322.
ChristianityPrivate devotional books.
Liturgical calendar; Office of the Virgin Mary; Office of the Cross; Office of the Holy Spirit; Office of St Catherine; Penitential Psalms; Litanies; Office of the Dead; Prayers; Gospel of St John (1:1-14); Orations; Commemoration of Saints; a prayer for personal use; transcription of Christ’s last words on the cross.
Littera gotica rotunda.
Text written by a single scribe.
6 full-page miniatures (Virgin and Child, St. Francis Receiving the Stigmata, St. George and the Dragon, St. Anthony Abbot, St. Peter Martyr, St. Scholastica); 19 historiated initials on a gold background; decorated initials.
Follower of Zanino di Pietro.

Data sheet: Illuminated Facsimiles®



Le preghiere di Anna Colonna a San Francesco. Il manoscritto W.322

Publisher – Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana – Treccani by concession of The Walters Art Museum.
Series – Tesori Svelati.
Limited edition – Edition made in 999 copies marked with hand numbering from 1 to 999. Six off-numbered non-sale copies are reserved for the publisher.
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.
Material – Special aged like-parchment paper.
Binding – Leather cover with blind tooling and two ties. The binding might not correspond 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, size 17 x 24 cm, XII-95 pages, 33 colour plates. Edited by Massimo Bray, Maria Giovanna Fadiga, Carmela Massaro, Alessandro Giovanardi, Vanessa Paladini. Index: Presentazione; Prefazione; Anna Colonna, principessa di Taranto, contessa di Lecce; «Un fuoco deiformante»: le Stimmate di San Francesco nel libro d’ore di Anna Colonna – Una nota iconografica; Istoriare il sacro in Terra d’Otranto: il libro d’ore di Anna Colonna; Tavole; Scheda codicologica.
Slipcase – Facsimile and commentary volume are housed in a double-compartment hardback slipcase.
Certificate of authenticity – The certificate with the copy number is enclosed inside the slipcase.
ISBN – 978-88-12-01074-5.

Copyright photos: Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana – Treccani

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