"[Book of Hours Leaf]", Kerver, Thielman
Subject: Early Printing
Period: 1507 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
4.3 x 6.7 inches
10.9 x 17 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. It is printed on vellum in black and red with many initials hand painted in red, blue and gold. The ornamental border on recto illustrates God creating the stars. The text is from the Hours of the Virgin, Matins, the Hymn Quem Terra Pontus, Psalm 8 and Psalm 18. 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). He began printing Books of Hours in 1497 and continued until his death in 1522. His widow, Iolande Bonhomme, took over the firm, and continued to produce liturgical books until 1556. Kerver's work is much less common than that of his colleagues, Simon Vostre and the Hardouins.
Marginal soiling with an old vellum repair in top left corner and a tiny hole in bottom blank margin.