Title: Book of Hours, 1897. Modern Illuminated Manuscript
Author: G. Gerard
Condition: Very Good
A late 19th century illuminated manuscript Book of Hours, produced by an illuminator by the name of G. Gerard.
Each page has been richly handwritten and illuminated with historiated initials, golden letters, and numerous initials inhabited by various figures, all accentuated with gold, with most pages being about 13-14 lines. Every single page is further enhanced with a different illuminated or painted border (sometimes both), each distinctly unique and vibrant from each other.
This volume has been finely bound and signed by the bookbinder, publisher, and collector Rene Wiener, in full beige morocco, and bearing a monogram AS on the cover. The manuscript bears beautiful doublures, and chromatic endpapers. The manuscript also comes with the original box, with the owner’s initials tooled to the front cover.
Hailing from a family of bookbinders originally from Prague and later settling in Lorraine sometime around 1797, Rene Wiener was the son of Lucien Wiener, himself a great art lover, who was curator of the Musee Lorrain.
One illuminated manuscript finely bound in 32mo (11.5cm X 9cm), 31 leaves, 3 blanks
On note of condition, this manuscript is in very good shape, with light wear and slight cracking to the bottom of the box. There is very little rubbing or wear to the binding. There is very little foxing or staining throughout, with light toning to the upper margin of several leaves, though not affecting any text or illuminations.