Bible of Borso d’Este 1455-1461

Bible of Borso d’Este 1455-1461


Author: Multiple scribes

Language: Latin and Italian

Date: 1455-1461

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Reproduction Dimensions: 11.75 x 8.75 IN

Price: $399.99

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History: The magnificent "Bible of Borso d’Este" represents the zenith of Ferrarese miniature painting, and one of the high points of Italian Renaissance manuscript illumination. It was commissioned by Borso d’Este (1413–71), the first duke of Ferrara, who intended it as a demonstration of the splendor of the House of Este. At the time, the House of Este was competing with Florence, and the court of the Medici, for international status. The manuscript was completed between 1455 and 1461, the same time that Johann Gutenberg was producing the first printed Bible. The Bible consists of two folio volumes, of more than 1,000 individual illuminations.

Description: Our reproduction stays true to the original, as two Volumes. Volume One is 311 pages, and Volume two is 293 pages. The size of the Book is proportioned perfectly to the original, at 8.6 inches wide by 12 inches tall. The Binding is hand stitched, with strong, modern thread. The paper we use is a thick acid-free paper, for durability and also to match the look, and feel, of vellum. The outer cover of the two volumes are a matching piece of leather, cut from the same hide. The cover is leather stamped with "Bible of Borso d'Este".

Reproduction Details: The hardcover books are made with two pieces of real wood on the inside. The leather is a 4 oz cowhide, from a small supplier in New York state. The Glue we use to attach the leather to the wood is made at our facility, and is a period correct wheat glue. Along the spine, we use a modern perfect binding, with modern glue, to make the binding last longer. We also add three layers of mull cloth to the outside of the perfect binding, drying in between each layer, a traditional way to make the binding stiff, strong, and resilient.

Note: All of our facsimiles are made to order. Please allow 4-6 weeks for notification of shipment.

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