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[book of hours for the use of Paris]

Heures a lusaige de Paris tout a long sans requerir.


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  • Paris
  • 1518
  • Book
  • 175 by 111mm (7 by 4 inches).
  • Bohatta 284; Brunet V: 249; Graesse VII: 371
  • 29891

Article description

Article description

Printed on vellum in red and black. 135 (of 136) sheets. Printed in Latin and French. Single-column text mostly 24 or 25 lines. Gothic type. Illustrated with a finely illuminated title page, 13 (of 14) full-page finely colored metalcuts illuminated in gold. The full-page description of the ministry of souls is missing. All initials and line fillers are finely painted in gold on a red or blue background. The book of hours contains: title page, verso an almanac for 13 years (1518-1530), a calendar on six pages, seven prayers of Saint Gregory, sections on the Gospel of John, the Gospel of Luke and the Gospels of Mark and Matthew, the Passion of Christ according to John, the prayers to the Virgin Mary, prayers to the Hours of the Cross and the Holy Spirit, other prayers to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Seven Penitential Psalms and Litany. The ministry of souls follows, as well as other short prayers involving commemorations of the Trinity, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. In the last part there follow various prayers to the Blessed Virgin, including the 'O intermerata' and various petitions to other saints, such as St. Sebastian, St. Anthony, St. Anne, St. Catherine, St. Mary Magdalene, St Stefan and various others. French leather strap with rich gilt spine and gilt edges. The edges of the lid decorated with 3 gold embossed fillet lines all around on four sides. As well as surrounding inner and outer edge gilding in a diamond pattern. The inner covers and backs of the endpapers are equipped with floral patterned gold colored paper. Decorative leather binding, slightly rubbed, a few smaller older worm holes visible in the upper and lower part of the spine (without any damage to the parchment leaves).

Bohatta 284; Brunet V: 249; Graesse VII: 371

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