HORAE, use of Rome, in Latin and French -- Hore beate marie virginis secundum usum Romanum totaliter ad longum sine require com multis suffragiis & orationibus de novo additis. Paris: for Germain Hardouin [n.d., almanac for 1528-1545].
PRINTED ON VELLUM. 8° (184 x 118mm). Collation: A-M8 (A1r title with Hardouin device, A1v 4 quatrains beginning 'ung iuif mutilant iadis', A2r anatomical skeleton [4 small cuts], A2v almanac for 1528-1545, A3r-B1r calendar, B1v-3v Gospel sequence [one large, 3 small cuts], B4r-C2r Passion according to St. John [Crucifixion], C2v-F7r Hours of the Virgin [Annunciation (x 2), Visitation, Nativity, Annunciation to the Shepherds, Adoration of the Magi, Presentation in the Temple, Flight into Egypt, Coronation of the Virgin], F7v-G2r Hours of the Cross and of the Holy Ghost [Crucifixion, Pentecost], G2v-5v Office of the Immaculate Conception [Virgin and Child in mandorla], G6r-H5v Seven Penitential Psalms [Bathsheba], H6r-K4r Office of the Dead [Job on his dungheap], K4v-L5v Suffrages, [Trinity and 2 small cuts], L5v-M1r seven prayers of St Gregory, prayers to the Virgin for Saturday, prayer to St. Roch [one small cut], M1r-4v prayers attributed to St. Augustine, prayers devoted to the Virgin, M4v-5v Hours of St. Barbara [one small cut], M5v-7r Salutatio beate Marie virginis, M7r-v table of contents, M8v colophon). 96 leaves. 30 lines. Type: 76R. 16 large metalcuts (2 full-page, 14 half-page), large Hardouin device, anatomical skeleton, and 22 smaller cuts, ILLUMINATED IN GOLD AND COLOURS BY A CONTEMPORARY HAND, an armorial [possibly of the Glanz d'Eicha family] painted on device, red-ruled gold painted border to each large cut, multiple-piece ornamental or historiated border (unpainted) to all other pages, liquid-gold initials and line-filler on alternate pink and blue ground, yellow capital strokes, ruled in red. (Stain at upper corner of first 3 leaves.) 20th-century blindtooled brown morocco, spine lettered in gilt, gilt edges, signed by L. Claessens. Provenance: ?Glanz d'Eicha family of Bohemia (armorial); Clarence S. Bement (bookplate); Frank Hammond (bookseller, catalogue description tipped in).
This edition is closely related to the following lot, even sharing typesettings of some pages or parts of pages. Unlike the following lot, multiple-piece ornamental and historiated borders have been added to each page, except those with large metalcuts. The metalcuts belong to a series not described by Davies, although used in Davies 274 (see following lot). Two of the cuts (one Annunciation, Annunciation to the Shepherds) are full-page. As often, all the cuts are painted to a rectangular format, obscuring the oval medallion frame beneath. Closely related to, but not identical with, Lacombe 377; not in Brunet Heures.