The Rothschilds and their collections of illuminated manuscripts
The family art collections of the Rothschilds were legendary for their extravagance and refinement. This is the first history of the Rothschilds as bibliophiles and especially as collectors of medieval illuminated manuscripts. It follows the extraordinary and sometimes mysterious collections of Barons Adolphe de Rothschild (1823-1900), of Naples, Ferdinand (1839-1898) of Vienna and Waddesdon, Edmond (1845-1934) of Paris, and others, following the restless movement of these supremely important works of art across the private libraries of Europe.In 1940, the Rothschild collections in Paris were looted by the Nazis, and the tale pursues the fate of the stolen manuscripts, some of them still missing. Almost no Rothschild manuscript ever includes a bookplate or ownership mark. The inquiry traces literally hundreds of illuminated manuscripts, including some of the world's most famous books, made for the Duc de Berry, Catherine of Cleves, Isabella the Catholic, and many others, and finds them to have one thing in common: they were all, at one time, Rothschild possessions.
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The manuscript collections of Edmond James
The manuscript collections of Maurice Edmond
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acquired Adolphe de Rothschild Alexandrine de Rothschild Anselm von Rothschild apparendy Armand de Rothschild Assigned to Alexandrine Assigned to James Assigned to Maurice Baron Edmond Baron Maurice Baronne Alexandrine Belles Heures bequeathed Bibliotheque Nationale Biens Spoliis Book of Hours bought brown morocco catalogue Catherine of Cleves Charles the Noble Claude de France collector Devisenschutzkommando duc de Berry early sixteenth century Edmond de Rothschild evidendy Frankfurt French Horae full-page miniatures H.P. Kraus Hebrew manuscripts Henri de Rothschild Hours of Catherine Hours of Charles Hours of Jeanne illuminated manuscripts James Armand James de Rothschild Jean Jeanne d'Evreux Jewish June large miniatures late fifteenth century leaves London lost by Alexandrine Maurice de Rothschild Maurice's medieval Missal morocco mosdy Nazis Neuschwanstein Persian Porcher's list Prayerbook private collection probably Repertoire des Biens Rothschild Archive Rothschild family Rothschild manuscripts Rouen sold Sotheby's southern Netherlands Therese Thibaron-Joly valuation of 400 vellum Waddesdon Manor