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Nativity from Hours of Catherine of Cleves Boxed Notecards

5 x 6.5 inches
16 cards and envelopes

This stunning boxed set of notecards highlights an illumination from The Hours of Catherine of Cleves, Duchess of Guelders, held in the Morgan Library & Museum’s collections. Including 16 notecards and envelopes, the cards measure 5 x 6.5 inches. \

Made for Catherine of Cleves, Duchess of Guelders, the manuscript was taken apart sometime before 1856. Its leaves were shuffled and then rebound into two volumes to make each look more or less complete. In 1964 the Morgan mounted an exhibition of both volumes, displaying all the miniatures via color transparencies. When a facsimile of the manuscript was published by George Braziller in 1966, the exhibition was repeated. Finally, in 1970, the Morgan was able to buy the second volume, and thus came to own both parts of this greatest of all Dutch manuscripts.