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To commemorate a special occasion, an anniversary, birthday or Christmas, what better than presenting that special person with a treasure which will be cherished for a lifetime. To enhance your gift, a personalised message in your own words including your and the recipient’s name can be added.
Explore the varied and opulent selection of Natural History limited edition prints, and facsimiles of Gothic illuminations in Psalters and Book of Hours, the first gospel in English beautifully bound, and amongst the rest is the first census in England – the Domesday Book, - is a favourite place mentioned in it?
Feast your senses on this splendid selection and just click on the image for more information.
The Highgrove Florilegium - The First British Florilegium
Leading botanical artists from around the world painted, by invitation, examples of the plants and trees growing in HRH The Prince of Wales' garden at Highgrove in Gloucestershire. The project was 7 years in the making and each set is signed by HRH The Prince of Wales.
The Flemish Book of Hours of Marie de Medici:
Much is unknown about this treasure from the Bodleian Library, but was probably commissioned and produced between 1515 and 1520 by an anonymous artist known today as the “Master of the David Scenes in the Grimani Breviary.” The manuscript is highly illuminated; and some full pages stand alone as an individual works of art. The composition shows realistic and expressive figures in natural surroundings. Extensive use of architectural details and interiors give an idea of the style of doors, windows, fireplaces and carving in a 16th Century Flemish building.
The Lindisfarne Gospels:
The Lindisfarne Gospels contain the first version of the Gospels in English considered to be one of the most outstanding artistic creation of the early Middle Ages with their breathtaking colours and a vast quantity of detailed ornamental decoration.
The Book of Kells:
The Book of Kells 'the work of an angel rather than a human being' This manuscript, which eclipsed all other artistic and cultural achievements of the early Middle Ages, was created around AD 800 by Irish monks to glorify the life of Christ.
The Domesday Book:
For anyone interested in where they live now or where they come from, Domesday reveals fascinating facts about customs, value and ownership of their village, town and county more than 900 years ago. It is the beginning of all local history. You can check if your town or village is mentioned in the Domesday book
The Bedford Book of Hours:
The Bedford Book of Hours is famous the world over. Miniatures from the Bedford Hours, such as the Ark of Noah or the Creation, are prime examples of the Medieval art of illumination.
Gaston Phoebus - The Master of the Game:
A best seller, straight from the Middle Ages. A renown record of medieval hunting and a fascinating piece of cultural history. Was used as a text book well into the 19th century for its accurate and extensive observation of natural history.
The Book of Hours of Marguerite d'Orléans:
The Book of Hours of Marguerite d'Orléans. An exquisite examples of fifteenth-century French illumination giving a glimpse of life in the Middle Ages giving s this manuscript historical importance as well as being a jewel of 15th century art.
The Trinity-Apocalypse is the first and most extraordinary Apocalypse, representing the culmination of Gothic book illumination.
The St. Albans Psalter:
This beautiful 12th Century manuscript is both fascinating and incredibly unique as, although it dated 1123- 1135 commissioned by the Abbot of St. Albans Geoffrey de Gorham as a gift for his platonic friend Christina of Markyat.
The Oxford Bible:
The Oxford Bible illustrated by, William de Brailes, who stands out among the masters of early Gothic art not only because we know his name but also by his highly original and lively style. With A commentary by William Noel, Keeper of Manuscripts at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore.
Romance of Alexander:
A magnificent and valuable illuminated manuscript created around 1420's and now housed in the British Library. A facsimile of the Romance of Alexander, in a limited edition of 680 hand-numbered copies, enabling you to enjoy the same manuscript which Henry VIII once prized
The Corpus Christi Apocalypse
The Most Lavishly Illustrated Apocalypse of the Gothic Era. - an unusual combination of the Revelation of St. John (The Apocalypse) , Paul's Visions of Hell, as well as a transcript of the English Coronation Order used at the coronation of Edward II, show olding both orb and sceptre while seated in the chair which has been used for every coronation in Westminster Abbey since 1626 and which is known to date back to 1300. The 77 pages include 121 large format miniatures.