1209. [Prayer book - France]

Hortulus animae cum aliis quam plurimis orationibus pristine impressioni superadditis ut tabulam in huius calce annexam intuenti patentissimum erit.

Lyon, J. Clein for J. Koberger in Nuremberg, 18 April 1516

8vo: [37 (of 38)]-ccx [= 208 (of 210)]-[20] ff. (missing prelim. c2 and m4-5 (incl. a woodcut), leaf with printer's device def. but underl., some ff. cut short touching the foliation on top, some outer borders also sl. cut short, some staining mostly in the margins a bit more on first 3 ff., some tiny wormwork in the blank margins at the end, three text-lines crossed out on f. 88).

19th-c. blind-ruled red shagreen with gilt fleur-de-lis cornerpieces, gilt-orn. spine with 4 raised bands, gilt sides and gilt inside dentelles, marbled endpapers, gilt gauffered edges (sm. trace of red wax on upper board, sl. rubbed joints and bands).

The first of the Clein-Koberger ed. of this popular prayer book (Little Garden of the Soul), similar in content to the Book of Hours, illustrated by Springinklee and Schön: a woodcut on title with Virgin Mary and Child on crescent moon, 2 calendar woodcuts (sun and moon), 81 (of 82) woodcuts in-text (incl. repetitions) and 6 small woodcuts. The text consists of an office of the Virgin and a variety of popular prayers, including prayers of individual saints. Printed in red & black in Gothic within varying woodcut historiated or architectural border.
Ref. Pettegree (FB) 74383. - von Gültlingen I:144:72. - Baudrier XII:294. - VD16 ZV-26581.
Prov. Bookseller's label. - Ms entry on title.

€ 3.000 / 4.000

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