Das Buch der Wunder/Le Livre des Merveilles. Handschrift Français 2810 der Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris. Manuscrit Francais 2810 de la Bibliotheque Nationale de France, Paris
by Polo, Marco
2 vols.: I. Kommentar. 506 pp. scholarly analysis (in French and German) of the manuscript by François Avril, Marie-Thérèse Gousset, Jacques Monfrin, et al, notes, transcriptions, glossary of place names, concordances, index, more than 50 illus. in the text or on plates; II. Facsimile. 221 pp. fine color facsimile of the Boucicaut-illustrated manuscript given to Jean de Berry in 1413, which gives an account of the Asian explorations of Marco Polo (1254-1323). Text 4to., facsimile large folio. Text in calf-backed boards, slipcase; facsimile in gilt stamped armorial leather, housed in cloth case. Lucerne (Facsimile Verlag) 1995-1996. Ex-libris copy with ink stamp to title page of commentary volume and justification page of facsimile. Accompanied by a 26 pp. booklet from Facsimile Verlag containing an essay by Anton von Euw titled "Le Livre des Merveilles du Monde/Das Buch der Wunder der Welt", followed by descriptions of the minatures. The illuminated manuscript of Marco Polo's travels is one of the most famous manuscripts of the Middle Ages, a masterpiece of French secular book decoration, and a beautiful testimony to the achievements of a pioneer and adventurer. The miniatures are attributed to four different artists, the Boucicaut Master, the Mazarine Master, the Egerton Master, and the Bedford Master. A spectacular publication, with exquisite attention to detail. (Inventory #: 36040)
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