Title: Horae, Use of Rome. Hore beate Marie virginis ad usum fratres predicatorum, ordinis sancti dominici, 1542
Author: Yolande Bonhomme
Publisher: Paris, veuve de Thielmann Kerver [Yolande Bonhomme]
An extremely scarce 16th century Book of Hours, from the workshop of Yolande Bonhomme. Yolande was one of several significantly important woman printers in 16th century Paris, and a phenomenally successful one. She was also the first woman to also print an edition of the Bible in 1526. When fellow printer and husband Thielmann Kerver passed away in 1522, she assumed control of the printing shop. Just like Thielmann, Yolande also specialized in illustrated Books of Hours.
This Book of Hours, printed on paper, is an extremely scarce example of one of Bonhomme’s later productions. The printer device signs the work as "Widow of Thielmann Kerver".
This Book of Hours is printed in red and black with Gothic font, profusely illustrated throughout with border woodcuts and full-page woodcuts. There are 39 full-page woodcuts, and 13 smaller woodcuts. There are woodcut figures and woodcut decorations in the margins of any page which does not include a full-page woodcut, including a 31-page series of the grim Dance of Death, with two figures to each page.
Worldcat records only 5 existing copies of this edition in libraries.
One volume in 12mo, 185 of 192 leaves
On note of condition, this volume is in fair shape, with the spine having been crudely restored, and the original stamped and glazed boards preserved. There are crude tape repairs to the margins of the first eight leaves. Quires G to H are loosened from the bottom, though holding. There is a quarter page tear to page I. Leaves m7-m8, and u-6 are torn with portions missing, with one woodcut on m8 partially lacking. 7 leaves are lacking. There are several small holes throughout, with page wear and tear noted at the edges. There are ink stains and general staining throughout.