[Budapest] Hungary: Corvina Kiado, . Hardcover. A lovely facsimile edition of the book of hours held at the Library of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, first published in 1985. With beautiful full page color reproductions of the illustrations and the black and white text with decorated color initials. Bound in red suede covers with gilt titling to spine and front covers. Accompanied by a pamphlet offering a commentary on the facsimile edition of the obook printed by Gillet Hardouyn in 1510.Housed in a stiff paper pictorial slipcase. In near fine condition. Unpaginated. Quarto. ILLMANU/120618. Near Fine.
[Budapest] Hungary: Corvina Kiado, . Hardcover. A lovely facsimile edition of the book of hours held at the Library of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, first published in 1985. With beautiful full page color reproductions of the illustrations and the black and white text with decorated color initials. Bound in red suede covers with gilt titling to spine and front covers. Accompanied by a pamphlet offering a commentary on the facsimile edition of this book of hours printed by Gillet Hardouyn in 1510. Housed in a stiff paper pictorial slipcase. In near fine condition. Unpaginated. Quarto. ILLMANU/120618. Near Fine.
New York: Harper and Brothers, 1896. Hardcover. First edition, first state with ad on page 463 starting with "Shakespeare" and listing "Memoirs of Barras" volumes 3 and 4 as being "just ready." Red cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Spine is heavily browned and gilt is illegible. Chipping and wear to spine ends, corners, and edges of boards. The textblock remains bound in one piece; however, there is a split at the front hinge between the textblock and the front cover. Frontispiece is present but detached. 461 pages plus 2 pages of ads. REL/120518. Very Good Minus.
Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Co, 1904. Hardcover. Includes stories about Saint Bridget, Saint Gerasimus, Saint Keneth, Saint Launomar, Saint Blaise, Saint Fronto, Saint Felix, Saint Francis of Assisi, and many more. Charming black and white illustrations by Fanny Y. Cory. Beige cloth boards with faded brown title to spine and front cover. Illustration of a saint with animals to front cover. The title on the spine is no longer readable. Wear to spine ends, edges, and corners of book. Rubbing to front illustration. Slight mildew smell and slight browning to margins of pages. Pencil ownership signature of Byron Forbush to front free endpaper. A sweet book despite noted condition issues. 225 pages. CHILD/011719. Very Good.
Zurich: Belser-Verlag, 1984. Hardcover. A superb facsimile of the 15th century Office of the Madonna, attributed to Jean Bourdichon, a French miniature painter and manuscript illuminator at the court of France between the end of the 15th century and the start of the 16th century. The beautifully reproduced pages of the original Latin manuscript include 17 full-page illuminated illustrations with ornate borders and illuminated initials throughout. Bound in brown leather with four raised spine bands that have gilt title and ornaments in the compartments. Covers have gilt ruling and heraldic devices. a.e.g. In fine condition. 4 x 6.25 inches. Accompanied by a second volume offering commentary on the manuscript by German art historian and medievalist Eberhard Konig. Bound in brown cloth with red title label affixed to front cover. Also fine. Both are housed in a clamshell box with brown cloth coves, red spine label and small painting of the Madonna on the top. Facsimile: 145 pages; Commentary: 136 pages. ILLUM/121018. Fine.
New York: George Braziller, 1973. h. A beautifully produced facsimile of the Illuminated Manuscript 9Ms. latin 9471 in the Biblioteque Nationale in Paris. There are 126 splendid full-page plates, each followed by commentary by Marcel Thomas. With a list of plates and short bibliography.Bound in bright red cloth with gilt titling to spine and gilt ornamenton front cover. In fine condition. Housed in a black paper covered slipcase with title label to spine manuscript plate affixed to rear. Slipcase shows the slightest wear and in very good condition. Measurer 8 x 12 inches. 247 pages. ILLUM/120618. Near Fine.
New York: George Braziller1975, 1975. Hardcover. Second edition of this lovely facsimile of a manuscript held by the Morgan Library. There are 157 reproductions of the exquisite miniatures illustrating the text of the book of hours. There are also appendixes on the format and content, a detailed reconstruction of manuscript, the calendar, and a bibliography. Bound in cream leatherette with gilt titling to spine and crest to front cover. In fine condition. Housed in a black slipcase with title label to spine and front cover. The cse has some bumping and scraping and only very good. 359 pages. Small octavo. Near Fine.
Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1983. Hardcover. In addition to a history of this small Methodist men's college, this book provides details about the student demography, collegiate finances, attrition rate of students, faculty wages, and more. Black cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Minor foxing to fore-edge of textblock, else clean. In black dust jacket with yellow title to spine and front panels. Minor wear to edges of jacket. 480 pages. EDU/011719. Very Good / Very Good.
Fribourg: Editions d'Art Ebory, . Hardcover. An exquisite exact facsimile of a miniature book of hours from the Vatican library's collections. This is the first reproduction of this sumptuously designed and decorated book from the end of the fifteenth century. The facsimile is bound in fine brown leather with three raised spine bands with gilt decorations and Ross 94, gilt heraldic image on front cover, and all edges gilt. Marbled endpapers. The book was laser printed on specially made paper. Accompanying the book is another book providing commentary in French written by Marcel Thomas, the chief conservator of the manuscripts department at the Bibliotheque Nationale. He writes about the book's provenance, history, and importance. This is followed by a discussion of the decorations and bibliographical details. Bound in cream suede soft covers with gilt title on front cover. Both volumes are housed in a cream colored suede clamshell box with the title on spine. Books and box are all in fine condition. Facsimile measures 2.75 x 3.75 inches and has 240 pages; Commentary is 45 pages. Box measures 5.75 x 8 inches. ILLUM/010319. Fine.
Hartford, CT: Dustin, Gilman & Co., 1875. First Edition. Rare inscribed copy: "To Dr H. D. Nicoll, With grateful thanks and compliments of the author. A.E. Young," written on free front endpaper. In this fascinating autobiography by Brigham Young's "apostate" wife, Ann-Eliza Young (1844-1917) writes of the horrors and degradations of polygamy that she learned through her personal experiences as Young's wife number 19. Brigham Young was the second president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 1847 until his death in 1877. He founded Salt Lake City and he served as the first governor of the Utah Territory. Young also led the foundings of the precursors to the University of Utah and Brigham Young University [Wikipedia]. Ann-Eliza reluctantly married him in 1848 when she was 24 and he 67. She filed for divorce in 1873 and was excommunicated by the Mormons in 1874. She became an outspoken advocate for women's rights and against the suppression of women. She dedicated this book to the Mormon Wives of Utah and also made a statement to the wives of Brigham Young that her quarrel was not with them and that she still had the warmest and tenderest feelings toward them. Bound in brown cloth with ornate gilt and black decorations and lettering on the front cover and spine. Spine is chipped, and covers are bumped and rubbed although still bright. Front and rear hinges are tender with front hinge slightly pulled open. Interior pages are clean with occasional light brown spots and a few page creases. Gutter exposed in book's middle because of opening flat. Ink ownership signature of Miss Annie Walker on free front endpaper that has left small inkstains on front pastedown. With steel engraving frontispiece of author protected by tissue guard and numerous illustrations throughout by Stanley Fox, a frequent illustrator for Harper's Weekly. A very nice copy despite noted flaws. 605 pages. REL/112718.