BOOK OF HOURS INCUNABULA 1498 Printed on Vellum 20 miniatures For Sale
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BOOK OF HOURS INCUNABULA 1498 Printed on Vellum 20 miniatures :
HORAE, use of Rome, in Latin and French -- Ces
presentes heures a lusaige de Romme. Paris: Philippe Pigouchet for Simon
Vostre, 16 September, 1498.
PRINTED ON VELLUM 23.5 cm x 15 cm
A trulysplendid incunabulum, not just any printed
book of hours, but something truly splendid. Therefore it made £193,250 or
$292,001 at Christies
Lot 11, 7 July 2010 , London, King Street.
Thisbook of hoursis incomplete but it has 20 of the 23
miniatures, anda prestigious binding. There a great number of small metal
cuts (miniatures in the text) and every page has beautiful metal cut borders,
with the most amazing scenes, hunters, holy men, demons punishing the wicked,
the devil devouring its victims, people gathering fruits, scenes from the life
It is the most sumptous printed book of Hours I have every seen, big and with strong imprints.
1. Title with Pigouchet device, with anatomical
man on verso.
2. Depiction of the Holy Grail.
Almanac/Calender in French for 1488-1508 January to December
Leaf aiii, with repaired corner
3. John the Evangelist according to legend was
throwninto a cauldron of boiling oil.
Gospel sequence [Martyrdom of St. John]
Bv-7r Passion according to St. John
4. Betrayal of Christ, Judas
Leaf 7v-d2v Hours of the Virgin
Missing the tree of
6. The visitation: the visit of Mary with
Elizabeth as recorded in the Gospel of Luke
Hours of the Cross and of the Holy Ghost
[Crucifixion, Pentecost, one small cut],
d3r-4v Hours of the Cross and of the Holy Ghost
d5r-f6r Hours of the Virgin: Prime-Compline
10. Annunciation to the Shepherds.
11. Adoration of the Shepherds.
12. Adoration of the Magi.
13. Presentation in the Temple
14. Flight into Egypt
15. Dormition of the Virgin
Leaf f ii missing (a text leaf)
f6v-g7r Seven Penitential Psalms
16. The death of Uriah the Hettite, the husband
g7v-i2v Office of the Dead
17. Last Judgement,
18. Parable of
the rich man and Lazarus (somewhat stained)
19. The Church,
20. The Deposition of Christ, lamentation.
k8r-l4v prayer of St. Boniface, various prayers
in French and Latin, including prayer of St. Boniface, Missus est Gabriel [Mass
of St. Gregory],
l5r-8v Office of the Immaculate Conception [one
small cut], A1-8 Seven Penitential Psalms in French and seven prayers of St
From this section
16 leaves missing with several metalcuts and
one miniature (The Mass of Saint Gregory)
Starts at a1 again
Two leaves missing at the end
20 (out of 23) large miniatures cuts by the
Master of the Apocalypse Rose of the Sainte-Chapelle/17 small metalcuts plus a depiction of the dance of death in the borders of 13 leaves.
An illuminator possibly identical
with Jehan d’Ypres. He supplied designs for manuscript illumination,
glass, tapestry, and woodcuts for Parisian Horae during the incunable period.
74 leaves (from 96 leaves). Rubrication on a few leaves faded.
binding signed by Gruel on the spine. Dated on the inside G. Rames 1866
leather with two miniatures, silk as fly leaves, silver locks, and gilded
edges. In her Bookbinders and their Craft, Prideaux says that the Gruel firm,
founded in 1811, "always had the highest reputation . . . for initiative
in artistic matters, as well as for irreproachable execution in the detail of
its many-sided achievements." The
list of binders who trained at the Gruel atelier is the most distinguished in
references: Goff H395; CR 3099
Link to the
HORAE, use of Rome, in Latin and French
-- Ces presentes heures a lusaige de
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