Catalog Archive
Auction 101, Lot 546

"[Illustrated Leaf]", Kerver, Thielman

Subject: Incunabula

Period: 1523 (published)

Publication: Book of Hours


4.4 x 6.8 inches
11.2 x 17.3 cm

Superb vellum leaf from this important transitional period when books began to be printed from movable type, decorated with metal cut illustrations and combined with hand-painted illuminated initials. 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). This leaf has a wonderful picture of the Visitation [the visit of the pregnant Virgin to her cousin Elisabeth, who is herself pregnant with John the Baptist]. The image is a beautiful example of late Gothic style; graceful robes and picturesque buildings in the background and architectural ornamentation. On the verso are Psalms 92 and 99 with illustrations from the Old Testament and captions printed in red.


Condition: B

Minor soil resulting from the pages being turned.

Estimate: $350 - $400

Sold for: $250

Closed on 12/4/2002