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<i>The Grimani Breviary</i> (numbered edition)

The Grimani Breviary (numbered edition)

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A rare opportunity to own a numbered edition at a special price
A few copies of our Grimani Breviary, a magnificent numbered edition of 2,000 books, have slight flaws on the cover. Some of these imperfections are so minor, you might not even spot them. Most are, in fact, glue spots that occurred during the binding process. A few have a small trace of gold leaf missing from the top-edge gilt. But these Breviaries are still beautiful gift books that no one else offers. And a matching slipcase acts as the book’s outer cover. Only a few are available.

Click here to read art historian Ross King's story on why The Grimani Breviary is so revered.

  • Numbered, limited edition of only 2,000—order early
  • Beautifully detailed reproductions of 110 paintings, in full color
  • With a foreword by the art historian Ross King - read an excerpt here
  • 275 pages, top-edge gilt
  • Crimson linen binding stamped with gold foil
  • Protected in a matching slipcase
  • printed on acid-free paper
  • 9W x 1 3/4D x 11 3/4H
  • Not in the bookstores, only at Levenger
'It is of inestimable value, nowhere else to be found'
Early in the 16th century Cardinal Domenico Grimani of Venice purchased a sumptuously illustrated book of prayers, or breviary, that would soon bear his name. Such illuminated manuscripts have been likened to cathedrals, and The Grimani Breviary is perhaps the highest spire.

Breviaries have another important place in history: they marked the early days of making books for a single reader. (They were shorter books than the larger communal ones, hence their name—an abbreviation, or summary.) The Grimani is literally a work of art, the creation of the most skilled hands of the age. With gold and rare pigments and infinite patience, they tell the stories of the seasons and saints in exquisitely colored detail.

The cardinal paid 500 ducats for the original, which his nephew described in the words of our heading. Today it is considered priceless, and by government decree it can never leave Venice. That makes our limited, numbered edition of the artwork from the Grimani an even more treasured gift, nowhere else to be found. Gift boxed. Only from Levenger.