Louis de Laval’s Book of Hours

15th century. Jean Colombe’s workshop.

National Library of France. Lat. 920. Latin.

Considered the most spectacular book of hours of all time. Undoubtedly the most lavishly illustrated of all.

Its 700 pages contain no less than 1,234 miniatures, 157 of which are full-page.

This collection constitutes the richest corpus of biblical illustrations ever assembled in a book of hours.

700 delightful vellum pages, 172 x 243 mm, with an overflowing profusion of gold.

Handmade leather binding with a special slipcase.

Limited edition of 898 numbered copies with notarial certificate.

National Prize 2014. Best books published in 2013. Ministry of Culture. Modality: facsimile books.

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Explore our collection dedicated to the Book of Hours, featuring exquisite examples of devotional manuscripts:

  • Bishop Fonseca’s Book of Hours: Discover the devotional practices of Bishop Fonseca preserved in this manuscript, offering insights into religious devotion and cultural patronage.
  • Piarist Book of Hours: Explore the Piarist Book of Hours, highlighting the religious practices and educational traditions of the Piarist order through its illuminated pages.
  • Le Jardinet de l’Âme: Immerse yourself in Le Jardinet de l’Âme, a spiritual guide and devotional text that enriches the soul through prayers and reflections.
  • Book of Hours of Charles V: Encounter the Book of Hours commissioned by Charles V, showcasing royal patronage and devotion to the Virgin Mary in exquisite detail.
  • Horae Beatae Mariae Virginis La Flora: Discover Horae Beatae Mariae Virginis La Flora, an intricately illuminated Book of Hours celebrating the Virgin Mary and her role in Christian devotion.

Each manuscript in our Book of Hours collection offers a glimpse into the personal piety, artistic expression, and cultural significance of these treasured medieval and Renaissance devotional texts.