The rules of chivalry. Order of the Holy Spirit of the Right Will. Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, ms. Français 4274

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Facsimile reproduction of the ms. Fr. 4274, kept at the Bibliothèque nationale de France in Paris, containing the Statutes of the Ordre du Saint-Esprit au Droit Désir. It is strongly influenced by Giotto, especially when it comes to the sumptuous illuminations by Cristoforo Orimina, one of Italy’s leading illluminators of the 14th century. In order to fully grasp its meaning and beauty, a commentary of more than 150 pages is provided for the reader, with essays by Alessandro Barbero, Marco Cursi, Giovanni Palumbo and Alessandra Perriccioli Saggese and 24 out-of-text colour plates.

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2019; Print run of 299 hand-numbered copies plus 13 unnumbered copies; The facsimile, like the manuscript, has three parchment endpapers and a single quinternion; The facsimile is printed in four colours plus flexographic gold, gold paste, gold foil and silver on Luxor parchment paper by Cartiere Fedrigoni; It has a 17th-century style hand sewn binding and the spine has five ribs; The front and back covers are made of red morocco leather; The back covers, the recto of the front endpaper and the verso of the back endpaper are covered with marbled paper in the colours light blue, red, green and orange; The cover plates are decorated with a gilded double-threaded frame surmounted by palmettes, a gold embossed frieze with phytomorphic, zoomorphic and floral motifs; The spine, which has six ribs, features phytomorphic gilded decorations; It is contained in a wooden slipcase, covered in setalux on the outside and velvet on the inside, with engravings on the cover and spine.

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