"[Book of Hours Leaf]", Kerver, Thielman
Subject: Early Printing
Period: 1507 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
4 x 6 inches
10.2 x 15.2 cm
This handsome Book of Hours leaf was printed on vellum in red and black with many initials hand painted in red, blue and liquid gold. Around the text are several metal cuts depicting the beheading of John the Baptist, and Peter, Paul, James. The borders includes putti paying musical instruments and several interesting drolleries.
Thielman Kerver was a printer in Paris, who worked "in vico sancti Iacobi ad signum Vnicornis & ibidem venales habent" (in Saint Jacob's lane under the sign of the Unicorn where they are also for sale). Kerver's work is much less common than that of his colleague, Simon Vostre.