A spectacular custom-bound set comprised of a 164 pp. companion text volume, containing scholarly writings on the history of the manuscript, provenance, a codicological description, information on the miniatures and marginal decorations, and flora and fauna as used in the ornamentation, with extensive notes including bibliographic information; followed by 9 volumes containing a full facsimile of the codex in 1581 full-page plates reproducing each page of the manuscript, including 300 in brilliant colors. Altogether 10 vols. Sm. folio. Extremely fine 3/4 leather with gilt-decorated raised spines, stamped and painted decoration of the Lion of St. Mark's to front covers, newer bindings, decorative marbled endpapers. Leyde/Amsterdam (A.W. Sijthoff/Scheltema & Holkema's Boekhandel) 1904-1910.
The Grimani Breviari was made in Flanders between 1510 and 1520, and is one of the most famous illuminated manuscripts created by the Ghent-Bruges school. Currently housed at the Biblioteca Marciana in Venice, its sponsor is unknown; however, Cardinal Domenico Grimani purchased the manuscript shortly after its creation, giving the codex the name by which we know it today. Modeled after a Franciscan breviary, this codex begins with a detailed calendar, each month occupying two plates, with one beautifully illustrating the typical activities of that particular month and life in the 16th century. A variety of Northern European artists contributed to the illuminations in the manuscript, including Gerard Horenbout, Alexander and Simon Bening, and other associated artists. Book ID: 48317