Peter Malutzki — Stundenbuch
(Peter Malutzki) Stundenbuch. Artist’s book by Peter Malutzki. Flörsheim/Main 2010. 288 pages. 8.25” x 5.75”. The model was a parchment manuscript of the collection of the Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel: the Book of Hours of Duke Augustus the Younger. Almost all texts of the prayer-book (written in an old form of the German language, related to Dutch and English) are used for the ‘remake’. Parts of the old pictures were used for the design of the 81 picture pages of the new book. The pictures were printed with polymer-plates, the gildings are done with 22.5-carat gold leaf. Transcription of the hand written texts by Peter Malutzki, who also did the design, handset and letterpress. Embossed black linen-over-board cover, in gray Fabriano slipcase. An edition of 50 numbered and signed copies. Fine.
A winning entry for the 2011 MCBA prize.
This book is Malutzki’s attempt to bring the content of a 500 years old book into a modern contemporary artist’s book form. A ‘Remake’ of an Book of Hours from the early 16th century.