Bishop Fonseca’s Book of Hours

15th century. School of Ghent-Bruges. Royal Seminary of San Carlos Borromeo, Saragossa.

Unanimously considered one of the most beautiful books of hours in Spain.

Latin. 15th-century Gothic script and Flemish style.

46 full-page and bordered miniatures, one more with border and legend and another with border and vignette of a saint.

25 large initials, 245 somewhat smaller ones, 1,177 small ones and 53 even smaller ones.

406 pages of fine vellum measuring 125 x 185 mm.

Precious manuscript with rich ornamentation and in magnificent condition.

Handmade binding, with antiqued silver clasps and fittings. Accompanied by a study volume and an elegant preservation box.

Limited edition of 898 numbered copies with notarial certificate.

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