HORAE, use of Rome, in Latin and French --Ces presentes heures a lusaige de Romme. Paris: Philippe Pigouchet for Simon Vostre, 16 September, 1498.
PRINTED ON VELLUM. 4° (221 x 147mm). Collation: a-l8 A8 (a1r title with Pigouchet device, a1v anatomical man [4 small cuts], a2r almanac in French for 1488-1508, a2v benediction beginning 'Benedictio dei patris cum angelis suis sit super me' [Grail], a3r-8v calendar with French verses, b1r-3r Gospel sequence [Martyrdom of St. John, 3 small cuts], b3v-7r Passion according to St. John [Betrayal], b7v-d2v Hours of the Virgin: Matins-Lauds [Tree of Jesse, Annunciation, Visitation], d3r-4v Hours of the Cross and of the Holy Ghost [Crucifixion, Pentecost, one small cut], d5r-f6r Hours of the Virgin: Prime-Compline [Nativity, Annunciation to the Shepherds, Adoration of the Shepherds, Adoration of the Magi, Presentation in the Temple, Flight into Egypt, Death of the Virgin, three small cuts], f6v-g7r Seven Penitential Psalms [Death of Uriah, Bathsheba], g7v-i2v Office of the Dead [Last Judgement, Dives and Lazarus], i3r-k7v Suffrages [The Church, Deposition, 25 small cuts], k8r-l4v prayer of St. Boniface, various prayers in French and Latin, including prayer of St. Boniface, Missus est Gabriel [Mass of St. Gregory, 2 small cuts], l5r-8v Office of the Immaculate Conception [one small cut], A1-8 Seven Penitential Psalms in French and seven prayers of St Gregory [one small cut]). 95 leaves (of 96, b1 in facsimile by Harris). 27 lines. Type: 4:130G, 1:98B, 3:81B, 2:65G. 22 large metalcuts, 40 small metalcuts, anatomical man metalcut, large Pigouchet device, multiple-piece metalcut ornamental and historiated border to each page, liquid-gold initials, paragraph marks and line-filler alternating on red or blue ground, yellow capital strokes, pages ruled in red, THE FIRST PAGE ILLUMINATED IN GOLD AND COLOURS, probably in the 19th century. (A few letters rubbed away on i2v.) 19th-century light brown morocco, single blind fillet on sides, spine lettered in gilt, vellum liners, gilt edges (very slight rubbing at hinges). Provenance: C.W. Dyson Perrins (booklabel, sale Sotheby's 5 November 1946, lot 437, £110 to Foyle).
A fine copy of an early edition combining woodcuts from sets 2 and 3 of the Pigouchet-Vostre large metalcuts. Cuts from set 3, distinguished by their criblé ground, appear to have been introduced less than 3 weeks earlier, in an edition dated 22 August 1498. The ones used here are: the Holy Grail, Tree of Jesse, Adoration of the Shepherds, Death of Uriah, Last Judgement, The Church, and the Deposition. The strong, uncoloured impressions in the present copy show off the fine illustration to their fullest. CR 3099; BMC VIII, 119 (IB. 40343); Bohatta 653; Brunet Heures, 44; CIBN H-242; Lacombe 64-67; Van Praet I, 122; Goff H-395.