(Paris: Germain Hardouyn, 1524[?]). 229 x 152 mm. (9 x 6"). Single column, 29 lines, gothic type.
Leaves typically with several one-line initials in brushed gold on a blue or terra cotta ground. The text of each page within a four-sided border, the top portion imitating a sculptural motif, often floral, and one vertical side also decorative, usually taking the form of stacked columns; the other two sides of the text framed with elongated panels depicting sacred and secular vignettes, the latter featuring dancing figures, cherubs, dragons, and especially hunters, who are pictured in very pleasing elaborately detailed sylvan settings. Perhaps Bohatta 1092. IN REMARKABLY FINE CONDITION, with trivial defects only.
These are large leaves with very attractive metalcut borders, and they are in especially clean, fresh condition. The historiated panels are more elaborate and more skillfully executed than typical Books of Hours leaves from this period. And this group is intended to be priced advantageously. (ST9474)
125 - $145
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