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Hore intemerate virginis Marie, secundum usum Romanum cum pluribus orationibus tam in gallico quam in latino
In-8° (211 x 140 mm), 94 (of 96) ff, printed on calfskin. In gothic, in black, 29 rules, missing the ff. A1 (printer's mark) and H2 (part of Lauds). Decoration: beautiful historiated borders (Saints, allegorical figures, scenes from the Bible and daily life, grotesques). Decorated with 17 large and 35 small MINIATURES ENGRAVED on METAL. Scenes from the Bible, Memento Mori (F7) and the Trinity (H6). Initials and lombards in blue, red, gold and sometimes white. Our copy begins on f. A2 recto with the "Almanac for xxiiii. Years" (the years 1497-1520). The Calendar starts on page A2 verso. Every month with a quatrain in Latin and French. The Hours begin on page A8 verso "Initium sancti evangelij: Secundum Johannem. Gloria tibi dominates". A2 and A3 sheets damaged. Stains on sheets A2-4 and M7-8. Despite these flaws, a very nice copy of this beautiful book of hours printed on vellum and adorned with 52 engraved miniatures. Nice 19th century binding, blue morocco, gold fillet around covers, cold stamped covers with sifted irons, new vellum cover pages, rubbed leggings, gold edges, inside lace.
Ref. Bohatta 755, Lacombe 137-139, Brunet V, col. 1618-9, Graesse VII, 375, Van Praet n°125. The Book of Hours: the prayer book for the faithful. Made up of various pieces taken from the Office and the Scriptures, we know two forms, handwritten or printed. The field of printed matter became very popular in the 16th century, a phenomenon linked to the rise of Parisian publishing, whose production was dominated by Simon Vostre, Thielman Kerver and Gillet and Germain Hardouyn.
Thielman Kerver for Gillet Remacle
1503, January 10
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