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(CATHOLIC LITURGY.) Hore christifere virginis marie secu[n]dum usum Romanu[m]. Large Vostre device on title, with almanac for 1508-28 on verso; 25 full-page woodcuts, mostly of Gospel scenes, and 2 smaller illustrations depicting Anatomical Man and Holy Grail; each text page within different woodcut historiated border incorporating biblical, allegorical, and other subjects, including seasonal occupations, zodiac signs, and children's games in the calendar, and Dance of Death sequence in the Office of the Dead.  leaves. Printed in bâtarde type on paper, with contents uncolored apart from faint ruling in red and small manuscript initials alternately in red and blue throughout. 4to, 248x168 mm, 19th-century red morocco gilt with black and tan morocco onlays by Capé in Renaissance style with design of interlacing strapwork and foliate volutes on covers, green morocco doublures with intricate all-over pattern of interlacing circles and ornamental motifs, front cover detached, rear joint starting; light marginal soiling and indistinct inscription on title, contents otherwise generally clean. Bound at end are 3 leaves of contemporary manuscript prayers in French concluding with ownership inscription in Latin of Marielaine de Varny. Bookplates of Robert Hoe, Cortlandt F. Bishop, and Mary S. Collins. [Paris: Philippe Pigouchet for] Simon Vostre, circa 1508...
Book of Hours for Rome use, in a handsome retrospective binding. This edition is notable for the series of dramatic full-page illustrations without borders introduced by Vostre circa 1508 in his quarto Hours. Bohatta 881; Brun, Le Livre Français Illustré de la Renaissance, pages 14-16; cf. Fairfax Murray/French 259.