SPLENDID EXAMPLE OF A PRINTED BOOK IMITATING A MANUSCRIPT
Printed Book of Hours (Use of Rome)
In Latin and French, illuminated imprint on parchment
France, Paris, c. 1526 [almanac 1526-1541]
17 large, 10 small and 16 medallions after designs by Jean Pichore, likely hand-colored in the Parisian workshop of Germain Hardouyn
Germain Hardouyn and his brother Gilles registered as “illuminators” as well as printers, which was uncommon in the book trade. As such, printed Books of Hours like this one from their shop are often exceptionally well painted, resembling illuminated manuscripts. Another illuminator-painter, Jean Pichore, thought of as the most successful illuminator and printer in Paris around 1500, designed the woodcuts for this imprint. This copy survives as a splendid example of the printed book that deliberately imitates a manuscript.