Title: Officium B. Mariae Virginis, Nuper reformatum, et Pii V. Pont. Max. Iussu Editum, 1575
Author: Catholic Church
Publisher: Antuerpiae, ex officina Christophori Plantini
Condition: Very Good
An extremely scarce late 16th century edition of the reformed Book of Hours, following shortly after the Council of Trent in 1572, and published by Christopher Plantin. This is the second edition of Plantin’s reformed Hours.
There are 18 full-page engravings throughout. The text is printed in red and black. Some of the woodcut initials have been hand colored in red.
The volume has been finely bound, with a double fillet in gilt, and angelic faces at the corners. There is an embossed gilt cross to the front cover, and an icon of the Virgin Mary with the Child to the rear cover. The fore edge is gauffered.
Worldcat records 9 existing copies of this edition in libraries.
One finely bound volume in octavo, 388+(3)+70+(2) pages
This volume is in very good shape, with minor rubbing and wear to the binding, heavier to the corners, and stress to the spine. The first leaf has been restored. The last leaf with the printer information has a small hole, not obscuring any text, and the endpaper at the rear has a corner cut out. There is foxing and staining throughout, heaviest to the title page.