HORAE, use of Rome -- Hore in laudem beatissime virginus marie, multis orationibus figurisque noviter inventis. Paris: Pierre Vidoue for Guillaume Godard, 1523.
PRINTED ON VELLUM. 8° (161 x 100mm). Collation: A-M8 N4 (A1r title, A1v table of contents and almanac 1524-1533, A2r-7v calendar, A8 prayer of St. Bernard, B1r-3v Gospel sequence [St. John on Patmos, 3 small portraits], B4r-7r Passion according to St. John [Agony in the Garden], B7v-F3r Hours of the Virgin [Annunciation, Visitation, Nativity, Annunciation to the Shepherds in the Field, Adoration of the Magi, Presentation in the Temple, Flight into Egypt, Coronation of the Virgin], F3v-G1r Hours of the Cross, of the Holy Ghost, and of the Immaculate Conception [Crucifixion, Pentecost], G1v-8v Seven Pentitential Psalms [Bathsheba], H1r-I7r Office of the Dead [Dives and Lazarus], I7v-N2v Suffrages, and other prayers, including those attributed to St. Augustine [14 small cuts], N3r-4r Alphabet, Symbolum apostolarum in Greek, and Salve Regina, N4v colophon). 99 (of 100, lacking F7) leaves. Printed in red and black. 36 lines. Type: 50R. 14 (of ?15, probably lacking one on F7) large metalcuts and 18 small metalcuts, all but one small cut FINELY ILLUMINATED IN GOLD AND COLOURS BY A CONTEMPORARY HAND, 4-part ornamental border to each page, those surrounding the large metalcuts coloured in red and gold, liquid-gold initials on alternating pink and blue ground. (Repair at one corner.) Late 19th-century deep tan diced russia, panelled in gilt and blind with central ornament on sides, ivory silk liners, gilt edges (discreet repairs at hinges, slight wear at head of spine and corners). Provenance: Per Hierta (inscription in Swedish); John A. Murphy (20th-century bookplate).
A finely illuminated example of a Godard Horae, printed with his own series of metalcuts, and with an alphabet and prayers in Greek. Lacombe 332-333, Brunet Heures 309, and Van Praet Bib. du Roi, n.140 all describe nearly identical editions with 92, not 100, leaves.