This is a wonderful devotional religious book titled, "The Hours of Catherine of Cleves". The introduction and commentaries of this book were written by author, John Plummer. This book was reproduced from the illuminated manuscript belonging to The Guennol Collection and The Pierpont Morgan Library. There are 359 pages total to this book, with 157 of those pages consisting of gorgeous and elaborate illustrations with a variety of border decorations. These illustrations depict many religious stories. The book's text is written in English, while the Commentaries that correspond to the illustrations are written in Latin. This book has a nice hardcover and the binding is tight. There are no missing pages and all pages are tightly intact. The front cover of this book has a decorative gold symbol of a shield. The original owner of this book must have made a homemade religious bookmark for it, as one was found within the pages. This vintage bookmark is in excellent condition and features a decoratively cut-out small print of Jesus (similar to the size of a stamp) and a navy blue ribbon that can be lifted up and used to bookmark a second page. The publisher of this book is, "George Braziller, Inc.; One Park Avenue; New York 16, New York" Interestingly, below the publisher name reads, "Printed by Smeets in Weert - The Netherlands". This manuscript, originally made in circa 1440, was created for Catherine of Cleves, Duchess of Guelders. The Master of Catherine of Cleves produced a manuscript that is a masterpiece of illuminated miniature paintings and devotional writings. This was a prized devotional book of the later Middle Ages. This book provides informative text and beautiful detailed prints of these exquisite paintings by Mater of Catherine of Cleves, along with in depth historical information. The Master of Catherine of Cleves played a substantial role in the history of art, while enriching our artistic substance with this matchless manuscript. The back of this book, pages 347 - 359, consist of the appendix. Appendix A talks about "The Format and Contents of the Volumes", Appendix B speaks of "The Detailed Reconstruction of the Manuscript", Appendix C is a "Calendar" which lists the celebrated feasts for each day of the month, along with "Litany"...a List of Saints beginning with the Apostles. Finally, Appendix D is a "Selective Bibliography". This bibliography includes only the most prominent works on the Cleves Hours and the Master of Catherine of Cleves. The pages have no writing, scribbling, or earmarks, no pencil or pen marks, no ripped or torn pages, and no yellowing around the edges, etc. This book is in excellent original condition both inside and out. Circa 1964.
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