Title: Horae, Use of Rome. Hore beate Marie virginis secundum usum Romanum, after 1513
Author: Germain Hardouin
Publisher: Germain Hardouin, Paris
Condition: Very Good
A bright and colorful early 16th century Book of Hours printed on vellum, from the workshop of the Hardouin Brothers. This book is printed in a 31-line format. There are 13 of 16 full-page illuminated metalcut illustrations and 27 smaller metalcuts, along with flowering borders to each page, which are also hand painted. There are numerous gold initials on a red or blue background, both small and large ones. Several metalcuts of note include the Annunciation, the Nativity, the Crucifixion, and more. Unusually, one of the smaller metalcuts is surrounded by a metalcut border that is not hand colored, being the only example of any illustrations in the Book of Hours that are not colored. 11 lines of text are crossed out on one leaf, as well as one line crossed out to the next leaf, though the illuminated letters still shine through. This Book also bears the provenance of Matias Errazuriz, with the bookplate on the space where the front pastedown would be. While the title page is lacking, the calendar indicates years between 1513-1527
From 1510-1550, the brothers Gilles and Germain Hardouin produced hundreds of printed Books of Hours from their workshop in Paris. Gilles served as the printer, and Germain was the illustrator, being registered in the Guild of Illuminators, and later printing and publishing under his own sign. With such quality of works being produced from their workshop, these printed Books of Hours could often be mistaken as illuminated manuscripts.
One volume in 12mo, 90 of 96 leaves
On note of condition, this volume is in very good shape, with minor rubbing and wear to the boards, with minor worming to the boards, and several very small dents. Leaves A1, A3-4, D6, K2 and K7 are lacking. The illuminations still shine brightly, with several spots slightly faded. There appear to be scorch marks to the first 6 and the last 7 leaves, with some staining throughout, and minor worming to the margins of the final leaf. One clasp is lacking.