Title: Officium Beatissime Virginis Marie cum li officii ordinati de ciaschun tempore, 1523
Author: Catholic Church
Publisher: Venezia, impensis Lucantonio I Giunta
An extremely scarce 16th century Book of Hours, from the workshop of Lucantonio Giunti. Giunti was a Florentine publisher and printer, active from 1489, and a member of the famed Giunti family of printers. Producing roughly 410 imprints, his workshop was among the most important in the late 15th and early 16th century, expanding through a vast portion of Europe. With workshops and agencies in France, Belgium, Spain, Germany, Portugal, and across the Italian peninsula, Giunta’s legacy had spread far and wide.
This Book of Hours, printed on paper, is an extremely scarce example of one of Giunti’s later productions. It is also a new edition of Giunta's edition of April 10, 1517, utilizing the same illustrations.
This Book of Hours is printed in red and black in a Gothic font, and richly illustrated. There are 26 full-page woodcuts, some in-text woodcuts, and heavily detailed woodcut initials. There are woodcut figures and decorations bordering each page.
USTC and Worldcat do not record any copies of this edition in libraries with this collation, and there is only a single copy of the 1517 Giunta edition held in an institution.
One volume in 12mo, (16)+178+(1) leaves
This volume is in good shape, with rubbing and wear to the binding, some chipping to the spine, and some stress to the hinges. The spine and part of the binding have been crudely repaired. There is light worming to the lower right margin of the last leaf, slightly obscuring the woodcut border. There is a crease to leaves 150-151. There is some foxing throughout.