Lot 2
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Horae B.M.V. (Use of Rome)

25,000 - 35,000 USD
31,250 USD
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Paris: Philippe Pigouchet for Simon Vostre, 22 August 1498

Chancery 4to (7 1/2 x 5 1/4 in.; 190 x 134 mm). collation: a-i8=72 leaves, Pigouchet device on title (Renouard 919), 22 text-width metal cuts (including Mass of St. Gregory), metalcut Anatomical Man, 33 initial-size metalcuts of saints and scenes from the Life of Christ, 5-piece historiated metalcut borders surrounding every page, rubricated in red and blue (lombard initials, versal initials, line-fillers). Antique-style brown morocco tooled in blind, central panel filled with floral and fleur-de-lys tools and "P" monogram at four corner, gilt-stamped title on spine, dentelles, edges gilt, by Capé; joints and corners slightly rubbed.


 Goff H-394; Hain-Copinger 8855=C 3098; Bohatta (1924) 648; Lacombe 59-62; CIBN H-241; BMC VIII,119

Catalogue Note

A splendid, crisp copy of the first appearance of Pigouchet's famous "Set 3" of Hours metalcuts, with criblé grounds. Eight of the illustrations are from Set 3: Holy Grail, Tree of Jesse, Annunciation, Adoration of the Shepherds, Death of Uriah, Last Judgement, Trinity and Deposition. A clue to iconographic source of the Adoration cut may lie in its captioned names of the shepherds and shepherdesses, which suggest characters in mystery plays: Gobin le Gay, Le Beau Roger, Aloris, Alison, Ysamber, and Mahault.