Hours for the use of Rome. Paris, Philippe Pigouchet for Simon Vostre, 22 August 1498.
In-8 (183 x 123 mm) of 72 ff.n.ch. Printed on vellum. Snack: a-i8; red morocco, flat with Duseuil decoration, spine ribbed, roulette on cups and inside, gilt edges (17th century French binding), preserved in a modern red morocco case.
Remarkable Book of Hours printed on vellum by Philippe Pigouchet for Simon
Vostre with the printer's mark on the title page. The calendar covers the years 1488 to 1508. The illustration includes wide borders framing the text. In addition to the anatomical man the book is decorated with 21 large figures, "6 more than in [the edition] of 1497, among which are the Tree of Jesse, the Fight where Uri was killed, the Last Judgement and the Mass of St. Gregory. Several subjects have been redone with new drawings that are better than the first ones. In the borders, which are also very beautiful, one notices the Theological and Cardinal Virtues, The Life of Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary, Suzanne, the Prodigal Child, the 15 Signs, 48 subjects of the Dance of the Dead, and various repeated ornaments" (Brunet).
Curiously, this edition does not appear in ISTC, although it is described in the catalogue of the British Library.
A fine copy, rubbed in red and blue, complete, well preserved in a beautiful 17th century binding.
Trace of label removed from the first guard.
Brunet, Hours, 42; Lacombe, 59; BMC, VIII, 119; Goff, H-394; Bulletin Morgand, III, 9261 (other copy); Alès, 176.
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