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Utopia, armarium codicum bibliophilorum

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Utopia, armarium codicum bibliophilorum, Cod. 1
Parchment · 1 + 78 ff. · 17.7 x 13.5 cm · about 1500-1520
Johann von Indersdorf: Prayers from the Ebran-Gebetbuch

A collection of German prayers, most likely copied for a lay patron ca. 1500-1520. (pal)

Online Since: 04/26/2007

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Utopia, armarium codicum bibliophilorum, Cod. 2 (Codex Pandeli)
Paper · 240 pp. · 29 x 21 cm · Cairo · 1723
The four Gospels in Arabic

According to the colophon at the end of the Gospel of John, this copy was completed by Ibrāhīm ibn Būluṣ ibn Dāwūd al-Ḥalabī in Cairo. It is written in a clear nasḫī script; the illustrations, provided by the Aleppo illustrator and icon-painter Ğirğis bin Ḥanāniyā, portray the four Evangelists, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, as well as 43 scenes from the life of Jesus. The Arabic title, "This book is the holy, pure Gospel and the illuminating, shining light", is given at the end of the Gospel of John. This codex is currently on long-term loan from the Pandeli family to the library of St. Gall Abbey. (wid)

Online Since: 11/03/2009

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Utopia, armarium codicum bibliophilorum, Cod. 3
Parchment · 321 ff. · 12.7 x 9 cm · Brnakot (Armenia) · 1662
Armenian Hymnal- Sharaknots

This liturgical manuscript (Sharaknots or Sharakan) contains a collection of over a thousand hymns, organized into eight groups, for use in the Armenian Church. Many of these hymns were composed by prominent figures in the Armenian Church, while others are early translations from sacred hymns of the early Christian Church. The texts include Armenian khaz notation. This manuscript was written by the scribe Simeon in the year 1662 in the city of Brnakot, in the province of Siounik, an important center for liturgical manuscript production in southern Armenia. The book decoration consists of 8 headpieces, 120 ornamental and zoomorphic initials, and numerous simple red initials. The manuscript features its original Moroccan limp vellum binding with blind tooling. (ber)

Online Since: 07/04/2012

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Utopia, armarium codicum bibliophilorum, Cod. 4
Paper · 416 ff. · 13.1 x 10 cm · Awendants, Khizan in the Province Van · 1647
Armenian Hymnarium (Sharaknots)

Liturgical manuscript (Sharaknots), written by the copyist Awetis in Khizan in the province Van in the year 1647 (1096 according to the Armenian calendar). It contains 11 large miniatures and 28 miniatures in the margins, executed and signed by the painter Yovanes Gharietsi. He was one of the most fascinating artists of the late School of Vaspurakan. The manuscript is part of certain hymnals, created for private customers in the region of Lake Van and characterized by bright colors and interlace ornamentation. The manuscript features the Armenian Khaz-notation. The text contains the collection of hymns in use in the Armenian Church, in the same order as in a Hymnarium printed as a first edition in Amsterdam in the year 1664. Three more hymnals of this type, also the result of the collaboration of these two artists, are known: two in Jerusalem and one in Jerewan. Attached in the beginning and at the end are two sheets of parchment containing a part of the Proprium de Sanctis from a Latin breviary from the 13th/14th century. (ber)

Online Since: 04/23/2013

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Utopia, armarium codicum bibliophilorum, Cod. 5
Parchment · 126 ff. · 30 x 22.4 cm · second half of the 14th century
Liber bonorum et iurium Castropolae

This volume contains a collection of 213 documents from the years 1324-1327, copied by nine notaries in a tiny, very careful cursive script. The collection contains the documentation of property rights of the Castropola de Sergi, the lords of Pula (Croatia), regarding their properties in the area of Pula, in Istria and in Venice. The notarial documents are organized according to the city or location where the property was located; the place name is noted in the top margin of the first page of the section; each section contains a detailed list of properties and their associated auxiliary buildings, together with their exact locations. (tog)

Online Since: 12/20/2016

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Utopia, armarium codicum bibliophilorum, Cod. 100
Parchment · 201 ff. · 18 x 13.3 cm · Paris · around 1408-10
Book of hours from Paris

A book of hours following the liturgical custom of Rome in Latin, with a calendar in French and a selection of saints venerated in Paris. It contains 17 miniatures created in Paris around 1408/10 in the artistic circle of the Master of Boucicaut, one of the most influential illuminators of the early 15th century. The Master of the Mazarin contributed to the ornamentation, as did pseudo-Jacquemart, who belongs to an older generation of artists and whose contribution can be recognized in the famous Books of Hours of the Duke of Berry. The image of David was painted on an inserted double leaf; it can be attributed to a follower of the artist who illuminated the Breviary of John the Fearless. (ber)

Online Since: 12/20/2012

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Utopia, armarium codicum bibliophilorum, Cod. 101
Parchment · 210 ff. · 16.9 x 12.8 cm · Paris / Tours · second quarter of the 15th century / around 1490
Book of hours from Paris

A book of hours in Latin and French, written in the second quarter of the 15th century in Paris, but not illuminated until 1490 in Paris or perhaps in Tours by various artists who shared the work. Two miniatures as well as the decoration of the calendar and of the Office of the Dead are the work of an artist from the circle of the Maître François, a close collaborator of the Master of Jacques of Besançon, who honors Notre Dame in a veduta of the city of Paris (f. 93r). The luminous colors and the monumental forms of the other miniatures attest to the influence of Jean Bourdichon of Tours. This artist can probably be considered responsible for the Master of the “Chronique Scandaleuse,” who, during the creation of this manuscript, was still working under the guidance of Jean Bourdichon. (ber)

Online Since: 12/20/2012

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Utopia, armarium codicum bibliophilorum, Cod. 102
Parchment · 248 ff. · 18.0 x 11.5 cm · Bourges · around 1500-1510
Book of hours of Agnes le Dieu

A book of hours following the liturgical custom of Rome, with a calendar in French. The miniatures are framed by borders decorated with plants that were executed with great botanical precision. This examplar from the late period of the French Book of hours, preserved in its entirety, was illuminated by an important master from this late phase of French book illumination. He was influenced by the Master of Claude de France und was recently identified as the Master of the Lallemant-Boethius. In the small pictures on the borders, he tries to compete with Jean Bourdichon, who introduced realistic flower borders in the marginal decoration of Anne of Brittany’s Grandes Heures and in other major works. The Master of the Lallemant-Boethius is also guided by Flemish book illumination of his time. On f. 1r one can read the name of Agnes le Dieu, the owner of the codex in the year 1605. (ber)

Online Since: 12/20/2012

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Utopia, armarium codicum bibliophilorum, Cod. 103
Parchment · 179 ff. · 14.5 x 8.5 cm · Dijon · 1524
Book of hours of Bénigne Serre

A book of hours following the liturgical custom of Rome, with a calendar containing a selection of saints for Langres. The manuscript was illuminated and dated in 1524 by a Master of Bénigne Serre, who was known by the name of his client, a highly-ranked official of the King of Burgundy. The artist was a hitherto unknown illuminator from the circle of the “1520s The Hours Workshop,” which framed the miniatures with Renaissance architecture or added naturalistic flowers and animals to borders. This manuscript contains a number of unusual images, e.g., for the Lauds of the Office of the Virgin, the meeting of Joachim and Anna at the city gate of Jerusalem replaces the usual image of the Visitation. In the 18th century, the manuscript was owned by the family Bretagne of Dijon, whose family members wrote a „Livre de raison“ on several appended pages. (ber)

Online Since: 12/20/2012

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Utopia, armarium codicum bibliophilorum, Cod. 104
Parchment · 181 ff. · 19.2 x 13.3 cm · between Tournai and The Hague · around 1440/50
Book of hours of the Ladies of Oudenaarde

Two artists, active around 1440/50, contributed to the decorations of this book of hours: the older one, who created only the three miniatures on f. 13v, 105v and 140v, is part of the “Goldrankenstil,” while the younger one is characterized by greater physicality and more vibrant coloring because he was influenced by the innovations of the contemporary painting of the van Eyck brothers. This second artist is responsible for the completion of the Turin-Milan Hours in the year 1440 and also contributed to the Llangattock Book of hours. In 1813 the manuscript was given to the prioress of the Cloister of the Bernardine Sisters of Oudenaarde by the Prince of Broglie. (ber)

Online Since: 12/20/2012

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Utopia, armarium codicum bibliophilorum, Cod. 105
Parchment · 172 ff. · 13.2 x 8.8 cm · Poitiers · 1450-60
Book of hours for the use of Rome

A book of hours following the liturgical custom of Rome, with a calendar for the use in Poitiers. All main miniatures are by the Master of Poitiers 30, whose name is derived from two of the miniatures he created in a missal for use in Poitiers, which is kept in the local city library. Earlier he was known by the name Master of Adelaide of Savoy, for whom he created the book of hours Ms. 76 in the Condé Museum in Chantilly. He belonged to the circle of the Master of Jouvenel des Ursins, but was most active in Poitiers, where he influenced later local book illumination. (ber)

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Utopia, armarium codicum bibliophilorum, Cod. 106
Parchment · 307 ff. · 18.7 x 12.8 cm · Paris · 1458-60
Book of hours from Paris

A latin book of hours with calendar, containing a selection of saints for Paris as well as several French prayers. At the end of the book, there are tables for the changing holidays beginning with the year 1640; thus it can be assumed that the manuscript was completet around this time. The majority of the miniatures are by the Master of Coëtivy, who presumably also created all compositions and thus also the preliminary drawings. The hand of a second illuminator, who can be identified as the Master of Dreux Budé, is found in the faces of Mary in the image of the birth of Jesus (f. 83v), the Adoration of the Magi (f. 92v) and the Coronation of the Virgin (f. 107r). (ber)

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Utopia, armarium codicum bibliophilorum, Cod. 107
Parchment · 152 ff. · 20 x 14.3 cm · Paris · around 1390/1405
Psalter with calendar, litany, and Office of the Dead

The manuscript contains a psalter for use in Evreux, episcopal city and preferred residence of the kings of Navarre.This is a liturgical book which contains the calendar, the litany and the Office of the Dead, that is, the most important texts of a book of hours. The illumination is the work of an artist who was active in Paris around 1400 and who depicts elegant figures in a picturesque landscape, still on a gold background, while his color palette is already that of the 15th century. This hand is to be attributed to the workshop of the Parisian Josephus-Master. At least two miniatures – the jester miniature (f. 44r) and the miniature of the Office of the Dead (f. 131r) – are attributed to the pseudo-Jacquemart. (ber)

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Utopia, armarium codicum bibliophilorum, Cod. 108
Parchment · 192 ff. · 20.7 x 14.0 cm · Paris · around 1410
Book of hours from Paris

This book of hours, addressed to a woman, contains an entry that can only be read in ultraviolet light (f. 27v) and that mentions a Jaquette de la Barre; she probably was part of the Parisian family of organ builders who, between 1401 and 1404, built the organ of Notre Dame. The miniatures were created around 1410 by a leading Parisian master, who can be identified as the Master of the Mazarin. Subsequently, borders were added to the manuscript, probably by a Provençal hand. Several scenes stand out from the conventional iconographic program: instead of the penance of David, there is the glory of Christ on Judgment Day (f. 101r); instead of the Mass for the dead, there is the Raising of Lazarus (f. 141r); also unusual is the depiction of the prayer of St. Jerome (f. 139v) in the full vestments of a cardinal. (ber)

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Utopia, armarium codicum bibliophilorum, Cod. 109
Parchment · 186 ff. · 18.1 x 13.5 cm · Angers · around 1429/30
Book of hours for the use of Angers

Various artists contributed to the illumination of this book of hours. Some simple miniatures are the work of an artist who trained in the circle of the Master of John the Fearless. Many faces of Mary were created by the Master of Marguerite of Orléans, an important book illuminator around 1430. In the 15th century, the manuscript belonged to Guillaume Prevost, as attested by the baptismal entries written in the “Livre de raison” (f. 186v). (ber)

Online Since: 12/20/2012

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Utopia, armarium codicum bibliophilorum, Cod. 110
Parchment · 149 ff. · 18 x 12.5 cm · Paris · around 1495-98
Book of hours by the Master of Charles VIII – possibly a supplement to Utopia Cod. 111

In addition to the unusual book for King Charles VIII described in Utopia Cod. 111, there is another book of hours that was painted by the same artist. Its border decoration remained incomplete, and all the large images follow not the usual canon of images for books of hours, but instead depict unconventional motifs. What strikes the eye in both manuscripts is the motif of the family tree of Adam, which creates an optical link between the volumes and which is not found in other of the book decorator’s manuscripts. The almost identical mass of foliage also suggests that the two volumes could belong together, produced for the king at a certain time interval from one another. The premature and unexpected death of Charles VIII after his accident at the Château d’Amboise may explain why the second manuscript was never completed. (net)

Online Since: 10/13/2016

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Utopia, armarium codicum bibliophilorum, Cod. 111
Parchment · 107 + 8 + 8 ff. · 18.2 x 12.5 cm · Paris · about 1488
Book of Hours of King Charles VIII

This book of hours was a present from the Parisian publisher Anthoine Vérard to the French King Charles VIII (1470-1498). The monarch was one of the most important figures for the French book trade from 1480 on. His collecting is inextricably linked with the luxurious printed materials of the bookseller and publisher Anthoine Vérard. Especially remarkable are the borders: the margins of all pages are decorated with a pictorial narrative of eight consecutive images showing events from the Old and New Testament. Also noteworthy is the didactic value of this book of hours, since each pair of images has a commentary of several explanatory verses in Middle French. Stylistically this book is closely related to Cod. 110, which was probably also created for the king and was by the same artist. (net)

Online Since: 10/13/2016

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