LIVRE D’HEURES
[Grandes Heures à l’usage de Rouen] A la louenge de dieu de sa tresaincte et glorieuse mere, et a ledification de tous bons catholiques par le commandement du roy nostre sire pour Anthoyne Verard.
Paris, Anthoine Vérard, vers 1488-1490
4to (231 x 155 mm) 162 unn.l. Printed on vellum. Collation: A6 B8 aa-bb8 cc6 dd-ff8 â8 ê8 P8 p4 A-C8 A-F8 G6. Printed on vellum, illustrated with 17 large metal cuts and 165 small metal cuts; 19th century brown morocco by M. Lortic, double gilt filet on covers, spine gilt, compartment with the gilt title and the cipher ‘VM’, inner covers in red morocco with coat of arms of Victor Masséna, Prince Essling, gilt edges.
Bohatta, 1327-1328; BMC, VIII, 76-77 (incomplete); Goff, H-418; GW, 13282; Lacombe, 9bis; Macfarlane, 210; see Brunet Heures gothiques, 118 (for a copy printed on paper, also containing 162 unn.l.).

The so called ‘Grandes Heures’, printed by Anthoine Vérard ca. 1488-1490 with the calendar for the years 1488 up to 1508.

 

It is illustrated with 17 large metal cuts and 165 small cuts, numerous illuminated initials.

 

“A great part of this book is printed from the sale setting up as the Paris Hours… In addition, the letterpress and borders of the verso of leaf dd 8 (44b) are as on e 3b (51b) of the other, but the cut of the funeral scene is fully printed out. Only those parts in whit the use of Rouen differs from that of Paris are printed afresh” (BMC, for their incomplete copy, missing first two leaves).

 

Of this extremely rare edition ISTC locates only 2 institutional copies (London, BL, imperfect; Metropolitan Museum, Print department).

 

Provenance : Victor Masséna, Prince Esling (coat-of arms and cipher).

 

Small waterstain in upper margin, else a fine copy.