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Auction 183, Lot 547

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"[Book of Hours Leaf]", Anon.

Subject: Early Printing

Period: 1530 (circa)

Publication:

Color: Hand Color

Size:
4.6 x 7 inches
11.7 x 17.8 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.

Unusual leaf printed in Gothic textura type with illuminated capitals in red and blue. The text is surrounded by elaborate iron engravings that include several interesting mythical figures. These leaves are from the transitional period when the new technology of printing with movable type was combined with the more labor intensive methods of hand painting. Printed vellum Book of Hours leaves are very scarce, as they were only produced between 1496 and 1530. Although the main text on this leaf is in Latin, it includes four engravings with French captions from the story of Tobias, including Tobias leaving home with his dog, encountering a fish in the Tigris River, catching the fish, and Tobias curing his father's blindness with parts of the fish.

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Condition: A

Marginal foxing.

Estimate: $100 - $130

Sold for: $100

Closed on 6/9/2021

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