Title: Heures romaines, avec figures par A. Queyroy, gravées par A. Gusman, 1889
Author: Edited by Alfred Mame et Fils
Artist: Armand Queyroy and Adolphe Gusman
Publisher: Alfred Mame et Fils, Tours
Condition: Very Good
A finely bound 19th century Book of Hours, extravagantly illustrated throughout by Adolphe Gusman with medieval woodcuts taken from the designs of Armand Queyroy, featuring ornate inner dentelle decorations. Queyroy was a 19th century artist from France, well known for his etchings. The date of June 16, 1889 is inscribed on the front end paper, although there is no title of ownership present.
Originally popularized during the Middle Ages, the book of hours has become the most prevalent type of medieval illuminated manuscript, being a typical devotional or liturgical text for Christians. For wealthy patrons, some of these books were lavishly illustrations, often with full page miniatures by master artists. It is no surprise that the practice and production of these books would endure to the modern age, with this 19th century edition being among a number of copies privately printed for their owners, as evident by the specific date or monogram that occasionally accompanies this edition.
Each section begins with a heavily detailed full-page engraving, with prayers and masses for the church calendar, as well as marriage & burial prayers.
One volume in 12mo, 516 pages
On note of condition, this volume is in very good shape, with very minor rubbing and wear at the corners. The end papers display some stains, and there is virtually no foxing or staining throughout the volume.