Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Historic Books of Love and Devotion

French medieval song book, c. 1475. 
::Via Medieval Thedas.

A hand-lettered devotional 15th century French Book of Hours of Amiens Nicolas Blairie. When opened, the two halves of the book evokes the praying of hands. 
::Via Content in a Cottage.

16th century heart-shaped prayer book with ornate gold-stamped binding. (Saxon State Library).
::Via A Polar Bear's Tale.

This manuscript is considered one of the treasures of the Royal Library in Denmark. It is referred to as The Heart Book and is regarded as the oldest Danish ballad manuscript. It is a collection of 83 love ballads compiled in the beginning of the 1550's. The beginning of ballad No. 43 is shown above. Below is the front cover of the closed book. 
::Via The Royal Library of Denmark. 

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