HORAE, use of Rome (Latin and French) -- Hore intemerate Virginis Mariae secundum Usum Romanum. [Paris:] Thielman Kerver for Gilles Remacle, 5 January 1500 .
PRINTED ON VELLUM. 8° (168 x 104 mm). Collation: a-p8 (a1r title with printer's device; a1v almanac in French for 1497-1520; a2r planetary influence on the body, anatomical man metalcut; a2v-a8r calendar; a8v-b4r Gospel sequences; b4v-c2r Passion according to St. John; c2v-g8v Hours of the Virgin; h1r-i4r Seven Penitential Psalms and Litany; i4v-l6v Office of the Dead; l7r-m1r Short Office of the Cross; m1v-m3v Short Office of the Holy Spirit; m4r-o5r Suffrages of the Saints including O Intemerata; o5v-p1v prayers for various occasions with rubrics in French; p2r-p8v prayers instituted by St.Gregory for indulgences, in Latin and French). 120 leaves. 22 lines. Types: Haebler 14:95B (text), Haebler 11:108G (almanac heading), Haebler 16:52G (almanac and border inscriptions). Printer's unicorn device (Renouard 499), 17 large and 29 small metalcut illustrations, metalcut historiated and decorative borders on every page, including a Creation series, a Biblia Pauperum series, orders of the Church, Last Judgement, grotesques, etc., all but 2 of the large cuts ILLUMINATED AND COLOURED by a contemporary hand, initials, paragraph marks and line fillers in gold on alternating red and blue grounds. (16 large illustrations cut to type-page edge and window-mounted in later vellum frame, minor rubbing, occasional small stain.) 19th-century tree calf, flat spine gilt (extremities lightly rubbed). Provenance: Pierre Siron (contemporary inscriptions) -- A.H. Bright (1912 bookplate).
With the exception of the anatomical man, the cuts belong to Kerver’s first “small” set. They derive from the Pigouchet-Vostre set 2, with the exception of the job on his dungheap, which appears to be an original treatment, depicting death murdering a man with Job and his friends oblivious in the background. RARE. Only 8 other copies are recorded in ISTC; not in the British Library, Bavarian State Library or Bibliothèque nationale. R 1542; Bohatta Livres d'heures 593; Brunet V, 1617, Heures gothiques 166; Pollard, Morgan 581; Goff H-402.