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Kerver, Thielmann

Horae beatae Mariae Virginis ad usum Parisiensen


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  • Paris
  • 1522
  • Book
  • 1522
  • Nicht im KVK, STC, nicht bei Adams, Bohatta, Mortimer, Panzer.
  • 36127
  • In excellent condition. Full french light-brown calf leather binding from the 19th century depicting cathedrals on both covers, in canvas box.

Article description

Article description

8°. With 2 full-page printer's marks Kervers (unicorns), 48 full-page metalcuts colored in old colors as well as 30 smaller colored ones. metal cuts. 189 sheets. Full leather binding from the 19th century depicting cathedrals on both covers.  Richly illustrated book of hours print on parchment, not bibliographically verifiable, in beautiful gold-heightened old coloring, throughout with painted one- or two-line initials in gold on red or blue and corresponding line fillers. Calendar for 1522-36. Title and colophon with repeated unicorn printer's device (Renouard 501), followed by bloodletting man 12 oval monthly pictures, man of sorrows; Evangelist John; Root of Jesse, Annunciation to Mary; Christ in Limbo; Birth of Christ; Resurrection Annunciation to the Shepherds; Christ before Pilate; Adoration by the Magi, Carrying of the Cross, Presentation in the Temple; Crucifixion Banquet at Emmaus, Flight into Egypt; Doubting Thomas; Marian coronation. Entombment of David and Bathsheba; death of Uriah; Nathan admonishes David; David's penance, David kneels in front of the sacrificial altar, David presents Solomon with the regalia; Legend of the Living and the Dead (2); expulsion from paradise; Adam and Eve beyond Paradise; Mass for the dead, birth and death, souls in purgatory, Job; world, body and demonia at the child's bed, trinity; Garden of the Virgin. Four-line French poem under each picture. The smaller cuts show the evangelists Luke, Matthew and Mark and the saints of the intercessory prayers. Roman numerals are missing. leaf 20, 39, 46, 51, 57, 61, 71, 78, 87, 104 and 114, presumably with additional pictorial decoration. The black of the bars with which the large cuts were framed is partially blurred. The first 2 ll. somewhat soiled and with faded annotations. v. old hand tit. also with attached lower corner, otherwise only slightly worn. The pretty French romantic binding hardly rubbed, joints and pgt. renewed. Kerver was a bookseller in Paris from 1497 (on the Saint Michel bridge, later on the Rue Saint Jacques) and from 1498 a book printer together with Georg Wolf and Jean Philippe. From about 1500 he worked alone. He published a large number of books of hours (livres d'heures) based on the Roman rite and many classical and humanistic writings (Horace, Juvenal and others). He has printed for several publishers such as Jean Richard, Pierre Regnault and Gillet Remacle. 1511-17 he was also in business contact with the Parisian publisher Simon Vostre. His widow continued the printing business until her death in 1557, sometimes using the male first name Yoland. (

Nicht im KVK, STC, nicht bei Adams, Bohatta, Mortimer, Panzer.

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