Title: Officium B. Mariae Virginis, Nuper reformatum, et Pii V. Pont. Max. Iussu Editum, 1575. Deluxe Variant
Author: Catholic Church
Artist: Jan Wierix; Peeter van der Borcht; Abraham de Bruyn; Pieter Huys
Publisher: Antuerpiae, ex officina Christophori Plantini
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.
The volume is illustrated with 16 of 19 beautiful full-page engravings by Peeter van der Borcht, Abraham de Bruyn, and Pieter Huys. Every page is further enhanced with one of 16 engraved borders, each containing medallions showing different religious iconography and scenes, and the icons of saints. This particular edition was printed with three different variants, this being the more deluxe variant with historiated engraved borders. The text is printed in red and black and has been ruled by a contemporary hand.
This Book of Hours is present in a gilt fanfare binding for one Catherine de Bartheleny, with angelic faces, albeit crudely repaired.
The first 10 preliminary pages are lacking, including the title and the first calendar page, and pages 31-34.
USTC and Worldcat do not record any existing copies of this edition in libraries.
One finely bound volume in octavo, 478 of 492+(2) pages
This volume is in good shape, with some rubbing and wear to the binding, and chipping to the rear cover and spine. The binding has been crudely repaired, though preserving the fanfare bindings to the covers and spine. The lower right corner of page 483 is lacking, affecting part of the woodcut border. The binding is splayed. There are restorations to the second leaf. There is some scattered staining throughout, heavier to the initial leaves.