The Sobieski Hours: A Manuscript in the Royal Library at Windsor Castle. 

London, [Rampant Lion Press for] Academic Press, 1977. 

Folio, pp. [2 (blank)], [xiv], 69, [3], [90 (Plates i-lxxxviii)], [4 (colophon, blank)], with colour frontispiece and 8 colour plates mounted on leaves with red-printed captions; printed in red and black throughout; very faint stain to title, a few small spots to fore-edge, else a very good copy; bound by Gray’s of Cambridge in burgundy morocco-backed boards with burgundy cloth sides, gilt black morocco lettering-piece to spine between two raised bands, top-edge gilt; Quaritch prospectus loosely inserted.


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Limited edition, dedicated and presented to the Roxburghe Club by Robin Mackworth-Young, a member’s copy presented to Adrian McLaughlin. 

‘The Sobieski Hours is one of the greatest yet least known monuments of French manuscript illumination at its most splendid period.  It is now at Windsor Castle, among the other treasures of the Royal Library …  The manuscript was written for a noble patron who was probably called Marguerite.  She may well have been the Marguerite de Bourgogne, eldest daughter of John the Fearless, who would have been Queen of France if her first husband had outlived his father, Charles VI’ (prospectus). 

The first monographic study of the manuscript, and the first publication on it in English since 1906, the present volume reproduces all ninety-seven miniatures from the Sobieski Hours, accompanying a commentary by the art-historian Eleanor Patterson Spencer (1895–1992). 

Provenance: this copy printed for presentation to Adrian McLaughlin, with his name printed in red on the list of members of the Roxburghe Club.

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