Das Gebetbuch Kurfürst Maximilians I. von Bayern. Bayerische Staatsbibliothek München Clm 23640
by Hacker, Rupert, Erwin Arnold, Thea Vignau-Wilberg, Keith Andrews, Lorenz Seelig, Angela Rossmann, & Walter Brandmüller
Two volumes: I. 256 pp. commentary scholarly volume in German, presenting a codicological description of the manuscript, information on the history of prayer books, provenance, a description of the marginal illuminations and initials, notes on the original silver cover, and a detailed examination and identification of the flora and fauna illustrated in the manuscript, notes, extensive bibliography, illustrated throughout, including 31 full-page plates, some in color; II. 134-leaf facsimile printed recto and verso, being a faithful reproduction of the 16th century manuscript in brilliant colors. Commentary vol. sml. 8vo., facsimile vol. 32mo. Commentary vol. boards, facsimile vol. red sateen-covered boards with metal buckles and mounted metal rivets, housed together in a fitted blue case. Frankfurt/Stuttgart (S. Fischer/Müller & Schindler) 1986. Created circa 1600 in Prague, the prayer book of the Elector Maximilian I of Bavaria is incredibly unusual in its genre. In no other known manuscript are flowers and insects shown in such numerous quantities and depicted with such naturalistic detail. Originally commissioned by Emperor Rudof II, this beautiful work of art also contains 140 ornamental initials and several full-page miniatures. Taken as a whole, the volume represents a culimating achievement in manuscript illumination. The original manuscript also bears a highly decorative enameled and filigreed silver cover. As of August 2015, WorldCat locates only two copies of this facsimile in North American institutions. (Inventory #: 48325)
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