Title: Thresor de Devotion: Contenant Plusieurs Oraisons Devotes et Exercices Spirituelles, Pour Dire en l'Eglise Pendant l'Office Divin, 1574
Author: Jan Verbruggen; Nicolas de Leuze
Publisher: A Douay, De l'imprimerie de Jean Bogard
An extremely scarce copy of the prayer book Thresor de Devotion, translated from Flemish into Gallic by Jan Verbruggen, and further translated into French by Nicolas de Leuze.
Likely the first book that Bogard first published in Douai, this prayer book is printed in red and black gothic lettering, and profusely illustrated throughout with woodcuts and woodcut borders. Each page is surrounded by one of 13 repeated woodcut borders depicting an evangelist and apostle, and, at the bottom of each page is a different scene from the New Testament. There are 24 of 30 woodcuts in the text, with some representing scenes from the Passion of the Christ, and several of which bear the monogram CI, said to be Jean Croissant’s.
There is an interesting manuscript fragment of binder’s waste, looking to be part of the Chants of Mary.
Worldcat records only 4 existing copies of this edition in libraries.
One volume in 12mo, 189 of 205 leaves
On note of condition, this volume is in fair shape, with rubbing and wear to the binding. There are 16 leaves lacking, including the first and last. A gathering of 4 leaves at the end has detached, with a gathering of 17 leaves at the end just holding on by several threads, and another gathering of 4 at the beginning holding on. There are several leaves in between that are shaken. There is some staining throughout.