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Book of H ours of Louis of O rleans Na tiona l Library of Ru ss ia - Saint Petersburg

· > Shelf mark: Lat .Q .v.l.126. · > Year : c. 1490. · > Size : ± 220 x 160mm . · > 232 pages, 90 min iatu r es .

- > The reference to Sai nt Lou is, the a utograph o f Louis of Orleans (later King Louis XII) and t h e portrait on f . 11v. in d icate that the manuscript belonged to Lou i s XII , King of Fra nce .

- > The i lluminations in this codex are qu ite except ion al. The el aborate illustrat ive layout w ith sumptuous floral marg i ns, es peci all y in the series of b iblical themes, is a tra i t rarely found in Boo ks o f Hours . The marginalia are often divided into sections w ith grotesq u es, b irds, animals and other motifs .

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· > Year: c. 1519 . · > Made of 6 loose sheet painted on both sides : 8 maps 41,5 x 59 cm. and 2 maps 61 x 117 cm . · > Combined work of Jorge Reinel and Lopo Homem (cartographers). and Ant6nio de Holanda (illuminator).

~ The geographical areas depicted in the atlas are : the North Atlantic Ocean, the North of Europe, the Azores, Madagascar, the Indian Ocea n, lnsulindia, the China Sea, the Moluccas, Brazil, the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean .

- > This gem in the history of cartography is the outcome of the combined efforts of the workshops of the first two "schools" of Portuguese cartography: the experienced Reinels' school and the Homems' school. The extraordinarily rich decoration of this atlas is undoubtedly the work of a first class i lluminator : Ant6nio de Holanda .

- > The Atlas Miller i s deservedly considered to be one of the best known and most valuable cartographic monuments of all times and its lavish artistic decoration is particularly noteworthy.

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