CLASSIC UNCOLORED PRINTED BOOK OF HOURS BY AN IMPORTANT EARLY PRINTER
Printed Book of Hours (Use of Rome)
In Latin and French
Paris, Simon Vostre [c. 1515; with an earlier tipped-in almanac of 1507-1527]
21 large metalcuts, 28 small metalcuts and hundreds of border metalcuts, after designs by the Master of the Très Petites Heures of Anne of Brittany, Jean Pichore, and an anonymous Master working in the style of Dürer
Printed Books of Hours were a mainstay of the Paris book trade in the decades before and after 1500. Choosing from among the more than 2,000 editions can be bewildering. This edition is by one of the earliest and most important of Parisian printers, Simon Vostre, whose shop was on the street leading to the Cathedral of Notre Dame. Ensuring his success, he used woodcuts based on designs by two of the leading illuminators of the period, the Master of the Très Petites Heures of Anne of Brittany and Jean Pichore. Parisian printers often promoted new border sequences found in their editions; included here are those from the biblical books of Judith and Tobit.