LIVRE D’HEURES
Officium Beate Mariae Virginis ad usum Romanae ecclesie
Lyon, Jacobinus Suigus and Nicolaus de Benedictis for Boninus de Boninis, 20 March 1499
8vo (160 x 110 mm) 176 unn.l. Printed on vellum, rubricate throughout, with initials painted in blue and red. Collation: [a-c8]; A-I k L-N8; O-T 8. 19th century English green long grained morocco, covers decorated in blind with a large cross withing decorative border, spine gilt with raised bands, gilt edges.
60 000 
BMC, VIII, 324; Goff, O-48; Claudin, IV, 286-290; Baudrier, IV, 9-17; Bohata, II, 98; Van Pradt, I, 154; Lacombe, 500; Brunet, Heures Gothiques, 380.

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Complete copy of this wonderful edition of the illustrated book of hours. It is the only one of out of 5 works to be produced in the printing shof of Jacobinus Suigus and Nicolaus de Benedictis for Bonino de Boninis. The only incunabula work by Bonino de Boninis printed in Lyon. Three more works (2 Missels, and a new edition of this Book of Hours) are known to having been printed by him between 1500 and 1503.

 

There are 17 cuts, including two repeats of the Annunciation, of incidents in the life of Christ. As for the borders, the lower panels in the calendar represent the zodiacal signs and the occupations of the months on one page, and landscape scenes flanked by saints, etc., on the other page of each opening. Elsewhere, besides the landscapes, sets of scenes from the lives of Christ and the Virgin and of the Dance of Death (ten), each in three compartments, and of Sibyls (twelve) are used. The side panels represent either three saints and patriarchs apiece, or two saints with spaces for type-set inscriptions. The narrow inner and upper strips are filled with Renaissance ornament. Eight of the large cuts, including that of the Annunciation, are probably copied from Italian designs. The occupations of the months also suggest Italian influence, but the rest of the decorations only occasionally.

 

« Ces heures sont fort rares, et les gravures sur bois (ou peut-être en partie sur cuivre) qui les décorent les rendent très curieuses. Ce sont d’abord quelques planches de moyenne grandeur et bien composées, et surtout autour de chaque page des encadrements imités des Heures de Paris, mais autrement conçus. Les sujets placés au bas des pages ont une plus grande dimension que dans la plupart des éditions parisiennes du même format que celle-ci. Ceux de la Danse de la mort sont d’un autre dessin, et rangés dans un autre ordre que dans les livres de Pigouchet ou de Simon de Vostre. Ajoutons que dans toutes ces compositions le goût italien se fait plus au moins remarquer » (Brunet).

 

ISTC localises 26 copies (including 2 incomplete), of which 8 in the United States.