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[Paris]: Eustache Foucault, 1615. n. Hardcover. 187 x 114 mm (7 3/8 x 4 1/2"). 39 p.l., 405, [1] pp.; 84 pp., [4] leaves. Without the blank final leaf. Two works in one volume. Refined contemporary reddish-brown armorial morocco, gilt, covers with border formed by double gilt rules enclosed by dotted rolls, oblique fleuron cornerpieces, center panel with "CHV" (or "GHV") cipher at corners and central oval containing two linked "V's" surrounded by four "S" fermé characters; flat spine with panelling similar to that on the cover, remnants of ribbon ties, all edges gilt; spine expertly rebacked with original spine laid down, tips of corners carefully renewed. With 23 Illustrations, comprised of engraved title page with elaborate frame, 12 emblematic illustrations of saints preceding each month of the calendar, and 10 full-page copperplate engravings. First volume printed in black and red. Front pastedown with "HB" bookplate of collector Heribert Boeder. Very light rubbing to joints and extremities, otherwise a fine copy with only trivial imperfections internally and with the expertly restored binding lustrous and showing little wear. This is the scarce sole edition of a Book of Hours prepared for the use of Louis XIII, arranged by His Majesty and codified by his confessor, the celebrated Jesuit, Pierre Coton (1564-1626), offered here in a tastefully understated monogrammed period binding. The calendar leaves are attractively illustrated with circular engravings of major saints whose feast days fall within the individual months (and with zodiacal signs in the corners of the square that encloses each circle). The Offices for the days of the week follow, with the Trinity celebrated on Sunday, the Holy Spirit on Monday, Guardian Angels on Tuesday, the French king Saint Louis on Wednesday, the Holy Sacrament on Thursday, Saints Cosmas and Damian on Friday, and the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday, each preceded by a full-page engraving. For two years prior to Henry IV's assassination, Coton had been confessor to the Dauphin, and he continued in this capacity when young Louis ascended to the throne. The second part of our volume provides Coton's forms of confession for those who attend the sacrament. We have been unable to determine the owners whose monograms are on the covers; those owners are similarly unidentified in the Sotheby's auction catalogue for the 21 November 1989 sale, when this volume sold for a hammer price of £850.
      [Bookseller: Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books and Mediev]
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