With Numerous Woodcuts Inspired by Durer
BOOK OF HOURS. Hore Deipare Virginis Marie secundum vsum Romanum. Paris: Thielman Kerver , 1520.
Printed book of hours, complete with numerous woodcuts inspired by Albrect Du?rer's Small Passion. Octavo (7 1/8 x 4 3/8 inches; 180 x 112 mm)). 132 leaves. A8-Q8, R4. With 46 large engravings an 32 smaller engravings. All pages printed within an elaborate thick woodcut border. Text printed in red and black.

Contemporary calf over wood boards. Rebacked and corners renewed. Boards stamped in blind. With two brass and leather clasps. Spine lettered in gilt. All edges gilt. Blind gauffered edges. Some minor finger smudging. Occasional very faint, almost invisible ink markings, crossing off a few pages or prayers, including leaves E4, O, P1, 6 and 7, the prayer to Saint Apollonia (Q2), that to Pope Sixtus IV (f. R2). Title-page with the printer Thielman Kerver's mark, with two unicorns. Engraving on the verso of the title-page of an anatomical man has also been censored in ink.

The list of large engravings are as follows: Martyrdom of St John the Evangelist (b1r); Arrest of Jesus (b3v); Tree of Jesse (b8v); Annunciation (c1r); Visitation (d1r); Nativity (d6v); Announcement to the shepherds (d8v); Adoration of the Magi (e2v); Circumcision (e4v); Flight into Egypt (e6v); Coronation of the Virgin (f2r); Bathsheba in the bath (g6v); Death of Uriah (g7v); Nathan's reproaches to David (g8v); Penance of David (h2v); David and the prophet Gad (h3v); Promise of David to Bathsheba (h5v); David transmits the crown to Solomon (h6v); The 3 deaths (i3v); The 3 alive (i4r); Adam and Eve driven from Paradise (k1v); Adam and Eve at work (k2v); Adam praising God (k3v); The condemned canon (k6v); Life and Death (k7v); Purgatory (k8v)); Death (l3v); Job (l4v); Three vices and the child (nl5v); Kiss of Judas (m3v); Jesus before Pilate (m4v); Jesus the King of the Jews (m5v); Carrying the cross (m6v); Crucifixion (m7v); Deposition (m8v); Entombment (n1v)); Christ in the Underworld (n2v); Resurrection (n3v); Jesus visits Mary after the Resurrection (n4v); jesus visits Magdalene (n5v); Pilgrims of Emmaus (n6v); Thomas' incredulity (n7v); Pentecost (n8v); Virgin of the Litanies (o1v); Trinity (o7v); Christ to the insults (q2v).

"Several of the illustrations in this Parisian Book of Hours, such as the exhibited image of Christ Appearing to his Mother, were closely modeled on Du?rer's Small Passion. Here, the anonymous French artist added a scroll bearing Christ's words "Regina celi letare" ("Queen of Heaven, rejoice!") and clarified the complex pose of Du?rer's somewhat oversized Virgin, but he failed to match the striking contrasts and luminosity of the original woodcut." (Books and Prints by Albrecht Durer, SMU Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology).

"Thielman Ier Kerver (died November 1522), bookseller and printer from Koblenz, was active in Paris from 1497 to 1522 and acquired a deserved reputation for the graphic quality of his books of hours. From 1519, he moved into a new workshop to which he gave the sign of the Unicorn (that of his former workshop on the Pont Saint-Michel)." (Christies).

Provenance: Maurice Burrus (Paris, December 15, 2015, no 98, acquired from Ve?not in 1934).

Renouard, ICP, II, 2363; Bohatta, 1036; Lacombe 298; Thierry Clae?rr, Printing and Social Success in Paris at the end of the Middle Ages.

HBS # 68532 $15,000

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