Kerver printed Book of Hours leaf 1507


Metal cuts of dragons, grotesques, monkeys


Recto:  Text printed in a gothic typeface on laid paper with many coloured initials added by hand.   Versal initials touched in yellow.  The elaborate borders  of metal cuts are populated with grotesques, monkeys, dragons, fanciful birds & wild men and intertwined with acanthus leaves and other floral motifs.


Verso:  As Recto with other engravings of bishops, clergy, kings, knights & congregations.


Origin:  Paris, France.  Printed by Thielman Kerver.


Date: 1507.


Content:  The text is from the Hours of the Blessed Virgin Mary and includes hymns and prayers for Nones and Vespers.


Condition:  The leaf is in very good condition, sharply printed and with bright colours.  It is unconditionally guaranteed genuine. 


Size:  Size of leaf: approx. 165x110 mm.  Text and illustrated area: approx. 150x95 mm. Please note that packing & postage is invoiced separately.  Australia $22.50.  Overseas: ask for quote.


Notes:  Thielman Kerver (active 1497-1522) was one of the most famous early Parisian printers, known particularly for his finely printed Books of Hours.  He worked, and probably lived, in vico sancti Iacobi, ad signum Vnicornis, & ibidem venales habent (in Saint Jacob's lane in the sign of the Unicorn, where they are also for sale.)  Kerver's work is much less common than that of his colleagues, Simon Vostre and the Hardouins.

Item No:  PSA081

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