1694 ILLUMINATED BOOK OF HOURS / HEURES NOUVELLES DEDIE ES AU ROY

1694 ILLUMINATED BOOK OF HOURS / HEURES NOUVELLES DEDIE ES AU ROY

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  • Hand Gold Illuminations and Coloring
  • French & Latin Text in Parallel Columns
  • Burgundy Velvet Binding
  • Handmade Marbled End Sheets
  • Complete
  • Near Fine Condition

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PRESENTING FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION-EXQUISITE GENUINE 325 YEAR OLD  

*BOOK OF HOURS* PRINTED BY CHEZ JACQUES LE GRAS at the entrance of the prisoner’s gallery in the image our lady at the palace at Paris in 1694.

 QUARTO EDITION. MEASURES 8 1/2″ x 6″. 24 LINES OF ROMAN TYPE TO THE FULL PAGE 

PRINTED IN FRENCH & LATIN IN PARALLEL COLUMNS.

A CURIOUS EXAMPLE OF A VERY LATE PRINTED BOOK OF HOURS WITH GOLD LEAF ILLUMINATIONS AND HAND COLORING !

WONDERFULLY RULED IN RED (now oxidized) THROUGHOUT INDICATING ORIGINAL OWNERSHIP BY NOBILITY OR ROYALTY. 

AFTER THIS BOOK WAS PRINTED, A SCRIBE SAT DOWN WITH A RULER, A QUILL AND A POT OF RED INK. HE THEN LABORIOUSLY DREW RED BORDER LINES ON EACH PAGE. THIS PROCESS ADDED GREATLY TO THE COST OF A BOOK AND WAS RESERVED ONLY FOR THE VERY WEALTHY. 

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The book of hours is a Christian devotional book popular in the Middle Ages. It is the most common type of surviving medieval illuminated manuscript. Like every manuscript, each manuscript book of hours is unique in one way or another, but most contain a similar collection of texts, prayers and psalms, often with appropriate decorations, for Christian devotion. Illumination or decoration is minimal in many examples, often restricted to decorated capital letters at the start of psalms and other prayers, but books made for wealthy patrons may be extremely lavish, with full-page miniatures. Books of hours were usually written in Latin(the Latin name for them is horae), although there are many entirely or partially written in vernacular European languages, especially Dutch. The English term primer is usually now reserved for those books written in English.Tens of thousands of books of hours have survived to the present day, in libraries and private collections throughout the world. 

The typical book of hours is an abbreviated form of the breviary which contained the Divine Office recited in monasteries. It was developed for lay people who wished to incorporate elements of monasticism into their devotional life. Reciting the hours typically centered upon the reading of a number of psalms and other prayers. A typical example contains the Calendar of Church feasts, extracts from the Four Gospels,the Mass readings for major feasts, the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the fifteen Psalms of Degrees, the seven Penitential Psalms, a Litany of Saints, an Office for the Dead and the Hours of the Cross. Most 15th-century books of hours have these basic contents. The Marian prayers Obsecro te (“I beseech thee”) and O Intemerata (“O undefiled one”) were frequently added, as were devotions for use at Mass, and meditations on the Passion of Christ, among other optional texts. 

COLLATION: 

9 leaves of prelims then paginated 1-542 ending with “FIN” then 2 pages of tables ending with “De l’Imprimerie d’ Estienne Chardon”, featuring 3 title pages with beautiful gold leaf illuminations and hand coloring with three corresponding frontis engravings by F. Guerad & Chez Landry with gold leaf illuminated borders. Text features several small cherubic woodcuts and floriated initials, A PERFECT EXAMPLE ! 

CONDITION: 

Printed on heavy weight cotton linen paper that is bright, extraordinarily clean and crisp, virtually free of staining and soiling, wide margins throughout that appear to be untrimmed, no loose, torn or missing pages, clean gutters, straight edges and strong corners, Very good+ to near fine condition & 100% COMPLETE. 

**ABOUT THE BINDING** 

THIS BOOK HAS BEEN RECENTLY REBOUND IN LUXURIOUS PLUSH BURGUNDY VELVET AND FEATURES 4 RAISED CORDS CREATING A 5 COMPARTMENT SPINE WITH GOLD GILT LINES, MEDALLIONS AND TITLE AND DATE LABELS. HANDMADE MARBLED END PAPERS COMPLETE THE BINDING VERY NICELY. THIS VOLUME HAS PLENTY OF SHELF APPEAL AND WILL MOST CERTAINLY DELIGHT THE SENSES AS WELL AS THE SOUL !  

*A WORD FROM THE CONSERVATOR* 

This Book has undergone a page by page comprehensive paper conservation leaving no condition concerns or further actions required . Many newer collectors often call into question the authenticity of our books because of their outstanding , fine condition. As with any item of age, value is determined according to condition-condition-condition ! Each and every leaf is guaranteed authentic as intended by the original printer .This ancient 17th century treasure is NOT a replica, reproduction, facsimile, reprint or forgery. The fine art of hand bookbinding is alive and well. We strive hard to acquire only those Books which we would like to collect ourselves, perform any needed restoration work professionally to archival standards and present them to you free from concerns. There has been much discussion regarding the addition of this volume to our permanent collection. A RARE OPPORTUNITY TO OWN A TRUE MUSEUM PIECE!

 

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Weight 48 oz
Dimensions 12 × 7 × 5 in

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