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(VELLUM PRINTING). LEAVES, OFFERED INDIVIDUALLY, FROM A BOOK OF HOURS PRINTED ON VELLUM
ALL WITH LIVELY BORDERS, AND SOME WITH FINELY HAND-COLORED MINIATURES
Paris: Simon Vostre, ca. 1502 [calendar 1502-20]. 177 x 112 mm. (7 x 4 3/8"). Each leaf with at least a few (and some with many) one-line initials painted in gold on a red or blue ground, occasional two-line initial similarly painted, rectos and versos with FULL METALCUT BORDERS incorporating various floral motifs, acanthus, animals, putti, grotesques, biblical scenes, and imagery from the Dance of Death, THESE LEAVES EACH WITH ONE EIGHT-LINE MINIATURE BEAUTIFULLY PAINTED BY HAND, with some liberties taken, over printed metalcuts. Bohatta 745; Van Praet I, 161. A touch of yellowing to edges of vellum, the occasional marginal blemish, but the vast majority of leaves IN BEAUTIFUL CONDITION, THE MINIATURES EXQUISITELY PAINTED and on the whole very fresh and deeply hued. These leaves offer an array of lively and highly detailed metalcut scenes, from their border vignettes with a myriad of interesting images to the several splendid hand-painted miniatures, and taken as a whole, they comprise some of the finest examples from a printed Book of Hours that we have offered for sale. The uncolored borders, appearing on each recto and verso (except those pages with full-page miniatures), contain scenes that range from the delightful to the disturbing: jolly hunting parties and mischievous putti give way to apocalyptic scenes showing stacks of dead bodies and the gates of Hell, while in images from the Dance of Death, a skeleton sidles up to and claims members from all strata of society. Simon Vostre, a publisher and bookseller with premises on the rue Neuve near Notre Dame de Pari … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books and Medieval Manuscripts [United States]
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