Title: Horae, use of Rome. Hore dive virginis Marie se[cun]dum verum usum Romanum, 1504
Author: Thielman Kerver
Publisher: Paris, Thielman Kerver
A beautiful early 16th century Book of Hours printed on vellum, from the workshop of Thielman Kerver. This book is printed in a 26-line format, with a large metalcut on the title page utilizing Kerver’s printer device. There are 20 large metalcut illustrations along with metalcut borders to each page, with the borders comprising of images of flowers, birds, animals and saints. There are numerous gold initials on a red or blue background, both small and large ones. Several metalcuts of note include the Nativity, the Martyrdom of St. John, the Tree of Jesus, the Three-Faced Representation of the Holy Trinity, and more.
One volume in 12mo, 104 leaves
On note of condition, this Book of Hours is in good shape, with wear and rubbing to the boards, and stress to the joints. There are repairs to the corners, with part of the lower cover replaced with later leather, and the center to the rear board also similarly replaced. The ties and pastedowns have been replaced as well. The first leaf has been repaired at the gutter, though bound in an extremely unusual way, with the metalcut of the anatomical man at the front, and the title page featuring the Kerver printer device on the verso. Quire K is misbound, and appears after the 16th leaf. There is ink staining to several leaves, with soiling and yellowing throughout.