HORAE, use of Salisbury (Latin and English)--Hore presentes ad usum Sarum. Paris: Philippe Pigouchet for Simon Vostre, 16 May 1498.
PRINTED ON VELLUM. Median 8o (179 x 110 mm). Collation: a-q8 (a1r Pigouchet's device, title; a1v almanac in Latin for 1488-1508; a2r planetary influence on the body, anatomical man cut; a2v-a8r calendar; a8v-b7r prayers for various occasions with rubrics in English; b7v-c2r Gospel sequences; c2v-c6v Passion according to St. John; c7r-e1v Hours of the Virgin: Matin-Lauds, and miscellaneous prayers relating to saints and martyrs; e2r-e3r Short Hours of the Cross; e3v-g2r Hours of the Virgin: Prime-Compline; g2v-k3v Absolve, O Intemerata, Obsecro te, prayer to St. James, Suffrages of the Saints, and other prayers in Latin and English; k4r-l7r Seven Penitential Psalms and Litany; l7v-o5r Office of the Dead; o5v-q1r Psalms of the Passion; q1v-q3v prayer of Saint Jerome and the prayer of Saint Gregory; q4r-q5v Rosary of the Virgin; q6r-q7r Short Office of the Holy Spirit; q7r-q8v list of contents in English). 127 leaves (of 128, lacking d3 including Visitation cut). 26 lines. Types: 3:81B (text), 6:93G (almanac heading), 2:65G (almanac and border inscriptions). Pigouchet's woodcut device (Renouard 919), large metalcut anatomical man, 12 (of 13) full-page metalcut illustrations (Fairfax Murray set 2) and 15 small cuts, metalcut historiated and decorative borders on every text page, many criblé, including the complete Dance of Death series repeated once (Claudin II, 53-53). One- to three-line initial spaces and spaces for initials within the line. Initials, paragraph marks and line fillers illuminated in liquid gold on alternating red and blue grounds, yellow capital strokes, red-ruled. (Lacking leaf d3, a few initials smudged or offset, 3 leaves with very minor small marginal repairs.)
Binding: contemporary London binding for or by the London printer and stationer Julian Notary, of dark brown calf over wooden boards, sides blocked in blind with an heraldic panel on upper cover (Weale R. 100; Oldham Panels HE.30), and a rosette panel bearing the initials and device of Julian Notary on lower cover (Weale R. 111; Oldham RO.13), plain spine, clasps and catches (somewhat rubbed, clasp-straps and free endleaves renewed); modern folding cloth case.
Provenance: Thomas Heddon (inscription), presumably the vicar who gave a manuscript (Bodleian Rawl. A. 363) to the Hospital of B.V.M. at Staindrop, co. Durham, not after 1515 (Neil R. Ker, Medieval Libraries of Great Britain , 307) -- Robert Ward (16th-century inscription) -- [?William Russell] Maltby (1929 letter from the Bodleian concerning binding, loosely inserted)] -- C. W. Dyson Perrins (booklabel, sale Sotheby's, 5 November 1946, lot 435) -- Estelle Doheny (bookplate, sale Christie's New York, Part I, 22 October 1987, lot 126).
THE DYSON PERRINS-DOHENY COPY of a rare example of one of Pigouchet's Books of Hours for the English market. This edition is illustrated with his second and finest series of large metalcuts (omitting the Pentecost cut) and with the full series of his famous Dance of Death borders, as well as several very fine borders of grotesques, hunting scenes, scenes from the Last Judgement and from the lives of the Virgin and Christ, etc. (For a full analysis of the illustrations, see Doheny I, lot 126).
HC 8863; BMC VIII, 119 (IA. 40335); Brunet V, 1579, Heures gothiques 40; Duff 193; Oates 3074; Pr 8194; STC 15887; Goff H-423.