Miniature “Annunciation to the Shepherds” 1531.


Book of Hours leaf, 1531,  Early female printer.


Verso:  A finely detailed, full page engraving with elaborate borders of shepherds resting by a fire and witnessing the angel announcing the birth of Jesus in the nearby city of Bethlehem, which is depicted in the engraving behind the mill.  Text in Latin printed in black and red ink on laid paper.  


Recto:  As Verso with other engravings and text.


Origin:  Paris, France.  Printed by Yolande Bonhomme/Kerver.


Date: 1531


Content: The Latin text under the engraving translates as:  O God come to my assistance.  Lord make haste to help me.  Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be; world without end, Amen.


Condition:  The leaf is in overall very good condition with just the expected edge browning and surface dirt.  The right margin is very tight with some creasing, but it is masked off by the mat. 

The leaf is unconditionally guaranteed genuine. 


Size:  Size of leaf: approx. 165x110 mm. Size of miniature: approx. 105x75 mm. Please note that packing & postage is invoiced separately.  Australia:$22.50.  Overseas: ask for quote.


Notes:  Yolande Bonhomme (ca. 1490–1557) was the daughter of Pasquier Bonhomme, a printer and one of four appointed booksellers of the University of Paris. In her father’s shop she undertook various responsibilities associated with printing. She married Thielmann Kerver, a highly successful printer, and when he died in 1522 she assumed control of his printing shop "à la licorne" (at the sign of the unicorn) on the Rue St. Jacques in Paris. Following her husband, Yolande specialised in illustrated Books of Hours, and in 1526 she became the first woman to print an edition of the Bible.

Item No:  PSA077


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