Treasures from the Bibliothèque nationale de France

Treasures from the Bibliothèque nationale de France Facsimile Edition

Paris (France); Aachen (Germany) and others — 6th–15th century

From one of the largest manuscript collections in the world: ten outstanding miniature pages from some of the most important manuscripts in the treasuries of the Bibliothèque nationale de France in Paris

  1. The manuscript collection of the Bibliothèque nationale de France is one of the richest in the world

  2. This collection offers a sampling of the collection's most magnificent miniatures from medieval manuscripts

  3. This wonderful overview spans the entirety of the period from the 6th century to the 15th century

Treasures from the Bibliothèque nationale de France

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Description
Treasures from the Bibliothèque nationale de France

The Bibliothèque nationale de France is the national library of France, based in Paris, and one of the largest libraries in the world. It has its origins in the royal library in the Louvre Palace, which was founded in 1368 by King Charles V himself with 917 manuscripts. However, the library only became accessible to the public (to a limited extent) at the end of the 17th century. The collection was constantly expanded over the centuries, so that today the Bibliothèque nationale de France houses the world's largest collection of medieval and modern manuscripts, including numerous books of hours, chansons de geste and chivalric novels.
Thus, this fascinating compilation contains individual pages from early Byzantine rarities, outstanding Carolingian masterpieces and beautiful art treasures from the peak of French book illumination in the late Middle Ages.

Treasures from the Bibliothèque nationale de France

The series "Greatest Libraries of the World" and "Treasures of the World" offer the most beautiful and magnificent miniatures from medieval manuscripts combined in one collection. These art treasures from one world-famous library or on one subject are presented as single sheets under passepartout in a precious ornamented box. The manuscript collection of the Bibliothèque nationale de France is considered to be one of the richest and most beautiful in the world.

  1. Healing the Blind
    Gospels of Sinope, fol. 29
    Constantinople, 6th century
    Dimensions: 30 x 24 cm

  2. The Story of Jonah
    Paris Psalter, fol. 431v
    Constantinople, 10th century
    Dimensions: 34.5 x 24 cm

  3. John the Evangelist
    Gospels of Saint-Médard in Soissons
    Aachen, early–9th century
    Dimensions: 36 x 26.5 cm

  4. Christ’s Ascension
    Drogo Sacramentary
    Metz, 850–855
    Dimensions: 25.5 x 19 cm

  5. Maiestas Domini
    Sacramentary of Metz, fol. 5
    Court of Charles the Bald, ca. 870
    Dimensions: 26.5 x 19.5 cm

  6. Hanna and Samuel
    Psalter of Louis IX the Saint, fol. 67v.
    Paris, ca. 1253
    Dimensions: 17.5 x 12 cm

  7. Fox Hunt
    Gaston Phoebus – Le Livre de la Chasse, Fol. 99v.
    Paris, ca. 1410
    Dimensions: 34 x 25.5 cm

  8. Enthroned Madonna
    Book of Hours of Duke Louis of Savoy
    Savoy, ca. 1460
    Dimensions: 27.5 x 19 cm

  9. King Louis Encircled by the Knights of the Order
    Statutes of the Order of St. Michael
    Paris, 1469
    Dimensions: 20 x 14.5 cm

  10. Siege of Castle Derval
    Chronique of Breton
    France, 1480–1482
    Dimensions: 36.5 x 27.5 cm

Codicology

Alternative Titles
Kassette Schätze der Bibliothèque nationale de France
Origin
France
Date
6th–15th century
Illustrations
10 artistic miniatures from valuable manuscripts of the Bibliothèque nationale de France
Content
Ten leaves from important manuscripts

Available facsimile editions:
Treasures from the Bibliothèque nationale de France – Bibliothèque nationale de France (Paris, France) Facsimile Edition
Coron Verlag – Gütersloh, 1995
Limited Edition: 1495 copies

Treasures from the Bibliothèque nationale de France – Bibliothèque nationale de France (Paris, France) Facsimile Edition
Coron Verlag – Gütersloh, 1995
Limited Edition: 1495 copies
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Treasures from the Bibliothèque nationale de France

John the Evangelist

Carolingian art was strongly imitative of classical art and also depicted people wearing ancient dress rather than the contemporary fashions, as would later styles. This Evangelist portrait from the Gospels of Saint-Médard in Soissons, created in Aachen during the early–9th century, is a good example thereof. Richly dressed in a blue tunic and purple toga although barefoot to emphasize his piety, Saint John holds open his Gospel while seated on a big cushion in front of an architectural background and is depicted as a young, clean-shaven man with short hair.

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Treasures from the Bibliothèque nationale de France

Siege of Château de Derval

As part of the Hundred Years’ War, the Château de Derval, held by the English knight Sir Robert Knolles, was besieged in 1373 by Bertrand du Guesclin. He is depicted in the lower-right corner wearing golden armor and a black double-headed eagle, the coat of arms of the Constable of France, as he joins the army of the Duke of Anjou, who is depicted wearing red brocade on the left as someone kneels before him. Both besieger and besieged as beheading prisoners.

This miniature from the Chronique of Breton, created ca. 1480–82 has a highly detailed and accurate depiction of the castle, even depicting streaks of excrement on the wall below the latrine. The arms of the House of Derval are depicted in the “Q” initial and the bas-de-page, where they are flanked by two hairy savages and two banderoles with the Derval’s motto Sans plus or “No more”.

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Facsimile Editions

#2 Kassette Schätze der Bibliothèque nationale de France - Normalausgabe

Coron Verlag – Gütersloh, 1995

Publisher: Coron Verlag – Gütersloh, 1995
Limited Edition: 1495 copies
Binding: Box
Commentary: 1 volume
Language: German
1 volume: 10 leaves under passe-partouts: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size) Reproduction of the entire original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.
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