Sneak Preview: Antiquariat Bibermühle at Tefaf 2015

This year the TEFAF in Maastricht (13-22 March 2015) will be a very special occasion for the Antiquariat Bibermühle...

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In celebration of the publication of our latest catalogue no. 75: HORAE B.M.V. 365 gedruckte Stundenbücher aus der Sammlung Bibermühle. 1487-1586, which will complete the collection catalogue in altogether 9 beautifully illustrated oblong folio volumes, we will show an exquisite selection from our collection of French printed horae (a little more than 10%): some of the finest illuminated as well as unique and rare copies that are virtually unknown will accompany us to Maastricht this year.

Additionally, we will show some of our stunning and precious manuscripts from Italy, France, Flanders and the Netherlands. Here is a small selection of what is to be expected.

Biblia sacra

Bologna, c. 1300-1310. Illuminated in-folio manuscript on vellum with 74 miniatures and historiated initials.

The manuscript is signed twice by the scribe Cabrinus da Cremona.

Hours of Pierre Poictevin

Paris or Bourges, c. 1390. Illuminated manuscript on vellum with 35 large miniatures by Jacquemart, the Pseudo-Jacquemart and others. 

A book of hours illuminated by the painters of the duke of Berry, partly unfinished.

This manuscript as well as the early 14th century Psalter of Isabelle de Lens are subject of our upcoming catalogue no. 76.

Wirnt von Grafenberg, Wigalois mit dem Rade

Alsace, c. 1415-20. Illuminated manuscript on paper with 31 large or full-page miniatures by the workshop of 1418 and of Diebold Lauber. 

This is one of two illustrated manuscripts of this important German epic poem and was part of the Fürstenberg collection; it is one of the last first class illuminated German literary manuscripts in private hands.

Angevine Book of Hours

Angers, c. 1450-55. Illuminated manuscript on vellum with 12 large miniatures by a hitherto unknown Angevine master and the Master of Jeanne de Laval. Preserved in its 15th century binding.

Hours of Margaret van Uitenham

Northern Netherlands, Arnheim?, c. 1460. Illuminated manuscript on vellum with more than 80 heavily illuminated pages on three or all four borders; this is the manuscript after which the Masters of Margaret Uitenham have been baptized, being their undisputed masterpiece. From Chester Beatty's collection.


Northern Netherlands, possibly Zwolle, c. 1460-65. Illuminated manuscript on vellum with 6 full-page and 1 half-page miniature by the Master of the Zwolle Bible. Bound in a beautiful blindstamped German binding of c. 1550.

Denoual Book of Hours

Ghent or Bruges, finished on 17 May 1499 (dated). Illuminated manuscript on vellum with 31 (14 large) miniatures by Sanders Bening? and the Master of the Prayer Books of around 1500. The close-up compositions derive from drawings by Simon Marmion, as those for the "La Flora" Hours in Naples. The manuscript was last seen at auction in 1784 and has been in private hands ever since.

Italian Book of Hours

Bologna?, c. 1500. Illuminated manuscript on vellum with 19 richly decorated pages (6 large miniatures and 6 historiated initials) by Bartolomeo Bossi, with beautiful border decorations in Flemish style with naturalistic flowers on trompe-l'oeils borders.

Of course there will be even more to see at the fair. We will present 30-35 further marvellous gems of manuscript illumination and are looking forward to showing you much more at TEFAF, Stand 216. A complete list will be available beforehand on demand and at our booth at the fair.