Paris: Germain Hardouin, [circa 1520, almanac for 1520-1532]. 8vo (197 x 118 mm). 95 leaves (of 96, lacking F8). Roman type: 19 (of 20) large, 12 smaller metal cuts, and publisher's device, metalcut Anatomical Man surrounded by 4 small metal cuts, gilt architectural frame to pages with large miniatures, ink-ruled frame with painted floral border on gold ground to other pages, liquid gold initials on blue or red ground. 19th-century brown morocco gilt, by B. Magnin. Lacking F8 containing a large metal cut, owner’s name removed from title. Provenance: purchased from Goodspeed's Book Shop, 1983. From the Collection of Arthur & Charlotte Vershbow. Item #401669
A FINE PARISIAN BOOK OF HOURS PRINTED ON VELLUM, ILLUMINATED BY A CONTEMPORARY HAND IN GOLD AND COLORS. Germain Hardouin (active 1500-1541) took over the press established by his brother Gilles in Paris in 1491, and produced various, almost simultaneous, editions of books of hours either with gothic or roman type, and with or without printed borders. The present edition is printed in roman type, with wholly painted borders (not applied over a printed base). These Horae contain a series of engravings based on designs from the workshop of Jean Pichore for the Hardouin brothers. Lacombe 304; Brunet V: Heures, 254.