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PRINTED BOOK OF HOURS (USE OF CHARTRES) 18 large metalcuts, 28 small metalcuts and hundreds of border metalcuts, after designs by the Master of the Très Petites Heures of Anne of Brittany and Jean Pichore
IN LATIN AND FRENCH, printed on paper in Paris, Philippe Pigouchet for Simone Vostre [c. 1507; almanac from 1507-1527], c. 166 x 104 mm. 132 ff., largely complete except for extraneous replacement at d4r-e1v (ff. 28-29), i3 (f. 63), and k3r-k4v (ff. 71-72), up to 21 long lines in a Gothic batarde, capitals in liquid gold on 1 or 2 lines on alternating blue and red grounds, 18 FULL-PAGE METALCUTS, 28 SMALLER METALCUTS, and several hundred BORDER METALCUTS. BINDING: Bound in a mid-19th-century gold-tooled hazel morocco. TEXT: A rare 1507 edition for the Use of Chartres by Simon Vostre (one other copy recorded), one of the most important Parisian printers and stationers, that combines prints from the 1495-1498 Octavo series by the Master of the Très Petites Heures of Anne of Brittany with those newly created for Vostre in 1504 by Jean Pichore, including numerous full-page cuts, and the famous Dance of Death sequence. Printed Books of Hours of the Use of Chartres are extremely rare, accounting for just 21 of over 1500 pre-1568 editions in Bohatta’s Bibliographie der Livres d’Heures. Simon Vostre (fl. 1486-1518) was renowned for his Books of Hours, including many produced with the printer Philippe Pigouchet. Some, including this one, were left in their pristine black-and-white condition, just as they came off the press (with painted initials, line endings, and ruling added by hand). CONTENTS: f. a1r, Title page (Renouard 1107); f. a1v, Almanac; f. a2r, Zodiacal Man; ff. a2v-a8r, Calendar; ff. a8v-b4r, Gospels sequences; ff. b4v-c3r, Passion according to St. John; ff. c3r-d3v, Prayers (end lacking); ff. d4r-e1v, two replacement folios; ff. e2r-70v, Hours of the Virgin with Hours of the Cross and Holy Spirit intercalated (note, Matins, ff. e2r-f3r, beginning lacking, and None, ff. h7v-i2v, end lacking, Vespers, ff. i4r-i7r, beginning lacking: f. i3, replacement, and Compline, ff. i7v-k2v, end lacking); ff. k3r-k4v, two replacement folios; ff. k5r-l8r, Penitential Psalms, Litany, (beginning lacking); ff. l8v-o8v, Office of the Dead; f. [a]1r-[e]5r, Suffrages; ff. [e]5r-[i]2r, prayers; ff. [i]2r-[i]2v, Seven Petitions of Saint Gregory, ff. [i]3r-[i]6v, Office of the Conception of the Virgin; ff. [i]7r-[i]7v, Prayer to the Holy Sepulchre; ff. [i]8r- [i]8v, Table of contents. ILLUSTRATIONS: Large metalcuts (all by Jean Pichore for Simon Vostre, unless otherwise noted) f. a1r, Simon Vostre's typographic mark of Simon Vostre (Master of Anne of Brittany [abbreviated below, A. Brittany]; Renouard 1107); f. a2r, Anatomical man (A. Brittany); f. a8v, Martrydom of Saint John the Evangelist; f. b4v, Arrest of Christ (A. Brittany); f. f3v, Augustus and the Tibertine Sibyl; f. g1v, Way to Calvary; f. g2v, Apostles drinking from the fountain of life; f. g3v, Nativity; f. g8r, Annunciation to the Shepherds; f. h3v, Adoration of the Shepherds (A. Brittany); f. h4r, Adoration of the Magi; f. h7v, Presentation of Christ in the Temple; f. i7v, Dormition of the Virgin; f. l8v, Last Judgment (A. Brittany); f. m1r, Job on the Dungheap; f. [a]1r, Trinity and the Church (A. Brittany); f. [i]3r, Virgin Mary with her Attributes (A. Brittany); f. [i]7r, The Deposition (A. Brittany). 28 small metalcuts, all by the Master of Anne of Brittany for Vostre, and hundreds of metalcut borders (all by the same Master, except the Apocalypse, Triumphs of Cesar, Votive Scene cycles, and some ornamental borders, by Pichore). PROVENANCE: Printed in Paris by Philippe Pigouchet for Simon Vostre, bookseller and printer in Paris (title page; there is no colophon), with a rare Almanac for 1507-1527 (see Bohatta 90; not in Lacombe or other usual sources). CONDITION: First two folios a bit dusted and faded, slight cropping throughout and browning at edges, condition otherwise good. Full description and photographs available. 58.
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