Engraved Miniature of Adam & Eve after the Expulsion. 1531


Book of Hours leaf, 1531,  Early female printer.


Verso:  A finely detailed, full page engraving with elaborate borders including putti and dragons, of Adam and Eve together with Cain and Abel in their humble dwelling.  A resigned Adam weaves a basket as Eve suckles an infant.  The banderole above them reads: Taedet animam meam vitae meae.  (My soul is weary of my life). Two vignettes at the top depict Cain and Abel tilling the soil and Cain killing Abel.  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


Condition:  The leaf is in overall good condition.  There is the expected edge browning and surface dirt and two small edge tears in the bottom margin, but not extending into the image.   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:  PSA079

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