samedi 7 octobre 2017

1907. Hortulus Animae, relié par Louis Malcorps.

Hortulus Animae. Cod. Bibl. Pal. Vindob. 2706. The Garden of the Soul. Photo-mechanical facsimile reproductions by the Imp. and Roy. Court and State Printing Office Vienna published with elucidations referring to the History of Art under the direction of Fr. Dörnhöffer.

Utrecht - The Hague, Oosthoek - Nijhoff, 1907.

In-f° plein maroquin fauve sous boîtier (320 x 425 mm.), dos à 6 nerfs orné de fleurons et filets à froid, plats décorés de filets et de motifs de feuillage à froid, tranches rouges (reliure de Louis Malcorps), 1048 p., reproductions en couleurs, un des cinquante exemplaires numérotés réservés aux souscripteurs des États-Unis (n° 33).

On joint Hortulus Animae. Cod. Bibl. Pal. Vindob. 2706. The Garden of the Soul. Elucidations by Friedrich Dörnhoffer.

Utrecht - The Hague, Oosthoek - Nijhoff, 1910.

Grand in-8° broché, 67 p., 23 planches hors texte.

Très bel exemplaire de ce fac-similé sous une spectaculaire reliure.

Description de la reproduction :
   It may not be out of place to give some explanation of the present reproduction. As the editor had decided to publish the manuscript in its entirety, it remained for the undersigned compiler to find the most appropriate form. To separate the sheets and insert the different data seemed hardly practicable. It proved indeed necessary to keep as nearly as possible to the original text With this object in view, a special kind of paper was manufactured, which, in its texture, shade and transparent quality, almost resembles parchment ; moreover the surface, in consequence of a certain damping procefs, received the peculiar crude appearance, characteristic of parchment. On this paper the reproductions of the separate sheets were so placed, that the decorative structure was preserved, and the general impression was the same as that of the original. By means of a particular mode of printing, which acts as a relievo, it is obvious that the work is a reproduction. But if this is not desired, it is sufficient to cut off the margin and have the leaves bound, in order to obtain an eaxct copy of the original. This method of arrangement was suggested by the new, truly classical Edition of the Missal of the Emperor Maximilian I, issued by Karl Giehlow (Munich 1907).
   As regards the illuminating this was reproduced by the phototrichromatic process – not the « Raster » high-relief, but the fine-grained collotype – which by its delicate rendering of coloured pictures, commends itself bfore every other process of the present day. This treatment, according to the present technical standard, takes the chief place, but we must honestly admit that it is only succesful in cases where the material lends itself to the adaptation. The pictures of the Hortulus proved extraordinarly difficult to handle ; firstly because of the clear, brillant, enamel-like colours, and secondly because of the drawing, which, sharp to a degree, lost much of its accuracy by the division into three colors and the subsequent triple printing.
   The green especially, with its many shades, which plays so important a part in the pictures of the Hortulus, and which, as we know, is not one of the primary colours, positively defied all attempts at faithfull reproduction. Here the artist's eye and the skilled hand had to be called into requisition, in touching up or washing off certain parts of the plate, and in the making of special lithographic supplementary plates. For the same reason a pure neutral grey was neither possible to obtain Il will also be understood that the rich gold used in the exquisite pictures of the « Hortuus » needed a special printing plate as well.
   The manuscript was printed from one lithographic plate ; three plates were needed for the trichomatic process, while three others were required for bringing some of the difficult olours into relief, so that eight plates were required in all. A chief factor in the succes of the work was the permission accorded to the I. and R. State Printing-Office to have the original manuscript in their possession during the entire course of the reproduction, so that they could immediately compare the proof-sheets, frequently three times in succession,with the original. The compilerhas much pleasure in herewith acknowledging, at the close of if three years' joint labour with the I. and R. State Printing Office in Vienna, that they have spared neither sacrifices nor pains to bring the reproductions to the utmost state of perfection and he has no doubt that an impartial comparison of similar publications will lead to the conclusion thet the reproduction of the « Hortulus » certainly ranks with the best that have yet appeared in this respect.

Illustrations des pp. 440-441.

Les deux volumes : 950 euros (code de commande : 26000).

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