Engraved Miniature “Life of Mary”. 1531 Hours leaf.


Book of Hours leaf, 1531,  Early female printer.


Verso:  A finely detailed, full page engraving with elaborate borders of Mary surrounded by significant objects in her life. 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 banderole at the top reads: Tota pulcra es amica mea et macula non est in te.  (You are altogether beautiful, my love; there is no flaw in you.) This passage is taken from The Song of Solomon, Chapter 4 and is an old Catholic prayer, written in the fourth century.  It is an antiphon included in the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.  Many composers including Schumann, Bruckner, Orlando di Lasso and Pablo Casals have set the prayer to music.


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:  PSA078

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