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BOOK OF HOURS PRINTED FOR ROME'S...

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[BOOK OF HOURS PRINTED FOR ROME'S USE]. Paris, Hardouin, n.d. (ca. 1515). In-8, black Jansenist morocco, spine with 4 nerves (Posterior binding). Book of Hours printed in round letters, in Latin, on parchment - 18 x 11 cm. - (122 f.) - 23 lines. Text placed in woodcut frames, sometimes repeated. This Book of Hours is not listed by Brunet, Lacombe and Bohatta. Nor is it included in the Chronological Inventory of 16th century Parisian editions compiled by Moreau after Renouard. It contains 18 large figures, 27 small vignettes and a border set in gold and colour. The lettering and a few lines are in gold on a blue or red background. This Book of Hours is not easy to date because it does not have an almanac, which is common for this type of work. At the examination, it consists of 120 leaves for the A to P notebooks and 2 added leaves for two large figures. But it seems that sheet A1 is of the same type as the added sheets, which would imply that if this sheet is added that sheet A1 is in deficit. It is very likely that this missing leaf is the title on the front and the Almanac on the back. Nevertheless, there remains a beautifully printed copy of the Book of Hours, here very nicely set in gold and colour. The binding is rubbed, a few minor stains, the figure of the anatomical man is partly erased.

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