Auction 111, Lot 742

"[Illuminated Leaf]", Hardouin, Gilles

Subject: Early Printing

Period: 1518 (circa)



4.5 x 7.1 inches
11.4 x 18 cm

This leaf is from the brief transitional period when the new technology of printing with movable type was combined with the more labor intensive methods of hand painting. The earliest printers were trained in the manuscript tradition and incorporated the conventions of historiated initials and illustrations into their early work. At first they left those spaces blank for the illuminator to complete entirely by hand. Later they developed printing methods (using woodcuts or iron engravings) to decorate the leaves.

A wonderful leaf from a Book of Hours printed on vellum by Gilles Hardouin for Germain Hardouin librayre demourant entre les deux portes du Palays en l’enseigne saincte marguerite (bookseller living between the two gates of the Palace at the sign of Saint Marguerite) of Paris. The recto is beautifully decorated with the printer's mark emblazoned onto a tree with three angels. The text on the verso is from the Almanac with information for the years 1518 through 1525 including the dates of the beginning of Lent, Easter, and Advent.


Condition: A

Light soil in margins.

Estimate: $1,600 - $1,900

Sold for: $1,200

Closed on 6/8/2005