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Catholic Church. Horae ad usum Romanum. Paris: J[ohann] P[hilippi de Cruzenach], for Thielman Kerver, 1497 (27 June). 8vo (16 cm, 6.25"). [83 of 92] ff. (lacks a1, a7, b1-2, d8, e4-5, l4-5). $9,500.00
One of perhaps three editions of the book of hours (use of Rome) that Philippi printed for Kerver in 1497, all three of the known editions being in Latin and French, printed in gothic type, in => red and black, and with => elaborate, multi-element, metal-cut borders, but also using some => woodcut illustrations (e.g., “the Zodiac man” on a2). This copy is on paper.
ISTC locates only four copies worldwide of this edition: Dresden, University of Turin, the Russian State Library, and the Morgan Library. The Dresden copy, now lost, is presumed to have burned with so many of the Dresden incunables during the Allied fire bombing during WWII (or perhaps it is the copy now in the Russian State Library?). The Morgan copy is on vellum and lacks two leaves (e8 and l1).
Provenance: Privately owned in Budapest in July, 1939, and seen there at that time by Belle DaCosta Green.
ISTC ih00384000; Goff H384; IGI 4849; GKW 13157. Bound in boards covered with a portion of a 16th-century vellum manuscript leaf with remnants of leather and metal closures. This copy lacks nine leaves (see collation above), has old paper, tape, and other repairs to a good many margins and a few to areas of the text, and displays a small amount of worming to first/last leaves and a very few others; old waterstaining variously, generally light, and leaves of one small section proud. => Obviously used, obviously treasured, and every opening a feast for the eye. (39866) Please RESHELVE This.
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