Description & Technical information

Printed Books of Hours were a mainstay of the Paris book trade in the decades before and after 1500.  Choosing from among the more than 2,000 editions can be bewildering.  This edition is by one of the earliest and most important of Parisian printers, Simon Vostre, whose shop was on the street leading to the Cathedral of Notre Dame.  Ensuring his success, he used woodcuts based on designs by two of the leading illuminators of the period, the Master of the Très Petites Heures of Anne of Brittany and Jean Pichore.  Parisian printers often promoted new border sequences found in their editions; included here are those from the biblical books of Judith and Tobit.


Date:  1515
Period:  1400-1600, 16th Century
Origin:  France, Paris
Categories: Illuminated Manuscripts & Medieval Works of Art