First Edition of this Engraved Work
BOOK OF HOURS. Heures Nouvelles Tirées de la Sainte Ecriture. Écrites et gravées par L. Senault. Paris: Chez L’Auteur , 1695.
First edition, second state (without dedication leaf to the Dauphine, Marie Anne Christine Victoire de Baviere, who died in 1690, and the breasts of the "impudiques sirenes" on p. 210 are not exposed). The prayer for the Dauphine is on p. 69. Octavo. [2], 1-46, 48-223, 223-260, [4, blank] pp. Engraved throughout, the text in a double rule border, with numerous lovely engraved vignettes, head- and tailpieces, initials by Senault.

Early full green morocco. Boards tooled in gilt and with gilt central device. Spine elaborately stamped in gilt. With red morocco spine label, lettered in gilt. All edges gilt. Marbled endpapers. With some rubbing to board edges and corners. Previous owner's old ink signature on front free endpaper, date 1823. Internally very clean. Housed in a felt-lined, green cloth clamshell with morocco spine label. Overall a very nice copy.

"Louis Senault followed Pierre Moreau in producing two writing books (one dated 1688) and then concentrating on successive editions of a devotional work printed from the same plates. But while Moreau finished by producing printed books with some of the characteristics of handwriting, Senault endeavoured to preserve in his engraved books the full flavour of a contemporary manuscript. After the death of his daughter, Elizabeth Senault, he produced some equally attractive smaller engraved Heures Nouvelles dedicated to the Grand Dauphin" (Printing and the Mind of Man, British Museum Section).

HBS # 68550 $1,850

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