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Auction 101, Lot 544

"[Illustrated Leaf]", Kerver, Thielman

Subject: Incunabula

Period: 1523 (published)

Publication: Book of Hours


4.4 x 6.9 inches
11.2 x 17.5 cm
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Vellum leaf from this important transitional period when books began to be printed from movable type, decorated with metal cut illustrations, and combined with illuminated initials hand-painted in red, blue and gold. Thielman Kerver was a printer in Paris, who worked "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). The text is from the Hours of the Virgin, Lauds. On the verso is the Canticle of the three Children from the book of Daniel. The small metal cut engravings in the margins have captions, printed in red.


Condition: B

Minor soil in outside engraved scenes.

Estimate: $150 - $200

Sold for: $100

Closed on 12/4/2002