HORAE, use of Rome, in Latin and French -- Hore, in laudem beatissime virginis Marie. Paris: Thielman Kerver II, 1546.
8° (177 x 115mm). Collation: +8 a-v8 A8 B4 2A8 2B4 aa-bb8 (+1r title with Kerver device, +1v almanac for 1546-1566, +2r-a5v calendar, a6r Lord's prayer and other prayers, b1r-4r Gospel sequence, b4r-c3r Passion according to St. John, c3v-k1v Hours of the Virgin [Annunciation on 2 blocks, Visitation, Nativity, Adoration of the Shepherds, Adoration of the Magi, Presentation in the Temple, Coronation of the Virgin, k2r-l2v Hours of the Cross and of the Holy Ghost [Pentecost], l3r-n1r Seven Penitential Psalms [David Praying], n1v-q4r Office of the Dead [Triumph of Death], q4r-r3v Hours of the Immaculate Conception, Hours of St. Barbara, r3v-t3r Suffrages and prayers to the Virgin, including Obsecro te, O Intemerata, Stabat mater [17 small cuts], t3r-v8v various prayers, including Seven prayers of St. Gregory, 15 Oes of St. Bridget, and prayers for saying on Saturday [3 small cuts], A-2B prayers in French, 2B4v first colophon, aa-bb6v Comendationes defunctorum, bb6v-8r table of contents, bb8v second colophon and Kerver device). 206 leaves (of 208, lacking g3 and k4). 24 lines and headline. Type: 111G. Printed in red and black. 11 full-page woodcuts, each within 4-part architectural woodcut frame, 21 small portrait woodcuts, 12 small woodcuts illustrating each calendar month flanked by narrow ornamental border, two Kerver devices, pages ruled in red. (Title repaired with slight loss replaced in facsimile, very light dampstain in some fore-margins.) 19th-century panelled red morocco gilt, edges gilt and gauffered, within covers of 19th-century Italian-style silver openwork cast and chased with religious scenes within shaped cartouche and broad openwork border of shells, scrolls, foliage, wreaths, birds and vases of flowers, front cover with scene of Transfiguration, rear cover the Annointing of Christ, spine similarly chased with figures of children, single hinged clasp. Provenance: C.W. Dyson Perrins (booklabel, sale Sotheby's, 5 November 1946, lot 464, £65 to Foyle).
Printed with Tory's ground-breaking first set of woodcuts, used by Tory in 1524-25 and apparently loaned to various other Parisian printers. Frustrated by the increasing German influence on the style of illustrations creeping into Books of Hours printed at Paris, Tory looked to the influence of Renaissance Italian woodcut for the design of his illustrations; they are particularly reminiscent of illustration in the Aldine Hypnerotomachia Poliphili. So innovative were his designs that Tory was granted a privilege protecting them. Not in Lacombe or Brunet Heures.