HORAE, use of Rome, in Latin and French -- Hore beate marie secundum usum Romanum cum illius miraculis una cum figuris apocalipsis post biblie figuras insertis. Paris: Simon Vostre, 30 June 1507.
PRINTED ON VELLUM. 8° (177 x 108mm). Collation: A-N8 +4 (A1r title with Vostre device, A1v almanac in French for 1507-1527, A2r anatomical skeleton [4 small cuts], A2v-8r calendar, A8v-B3r Gospel sequence [Martyrdom of St. John, 3 small cuts], B3v-7v Passion according to St. John [Betrayal], B8r-G2v Hours of the Virgin [Annunciation, Tiburtine Sibyl, Nativity, Annunciation to the Shepherds, Adoration of the Magi, Presentation in the Temple, Massacre of the Innocents, Death of the Virgin], G3r-H3r Seven Penitential Psalms [David and Uriah], H3v-K4r Office of the Dead [Job on his dungheap], K4v-K8r Hours of the Cross and of the Holy Ghost [Carrying the Cross, Apostles at the Fountain], K8v-L6r Office of the Immaculate Conception [Virgin and Emblems, one small cut], L6v-N1v Suffrages, with Obsecro te and O Intemerata [The Church and 22 small cuts], N1v-8r Seven prayers of St Gregory, Fifteen Prayers of St. Bridget, prayers to the Virgin for Saturday, and others [one small cut], N8r table of table of contents, N8v colophon, +1-8 prayers of Pope Sixtus IV, prayers attributed to St. Augustine, etc.). 108 leaves. 26 lines. Type: 82R. 16 large metalcuts, large Vostre device, anatomical skeleton, and 31 smaller cuts, ILLUMINATED IN GOLD AND COLOURS BY A CONTEMPORARY HAND. large cuts within metalcut architectural frame painted in gold and red, all other pages with multiple-piece ornamental or historiated border (unpainted), liquid-gold initials and line-filler on alternate pink and blue ground, yellow capital strokes, ruled in red. (A few architectural borders just shaved, tiny hole in title.) Early 20th-century brown morocco panelled in blind and gilt, green morocco doublures with gilt dentelle, green watered silk liners, vellum endleaves, edges gilt and gauffered, signed by Lortic. Provenance: John Ruskin (Brantwood booklabel); John Whitehouse (catalogue entry).
The majority of the metalcuts belong to the Pigouchet-Vostre set 3, with the exception of the Apostles at the Fountain (set 5) and Job on his dungheap (set 4). Davies characterised the cuts in this set as 'distinguished by their finer finish, cross-hatching and criblée grounds in most of them, and the profusion of detail, the style showing Renaissance influence' (p.278). The Adoration of the Magi and the Presentation in the Temple are not listed by Davies for this set, but appear to belong to it stylistically (as do the aforementioned cuts from sets 4 and 5). Not in Lacombe; Bohatta 836; Moreau-Renouard I, 111.