Treasures of the Rare Books and Special Collections Library: Early printed books

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Book of Hours. Ces presentes heures a l'uisage de Romme.
Paris: Imprimees par Cardin Hamillon pour Magdaleine Boursette, 1547.
Book of Hours. Click to enlarge.

A heavily worn example of a printed Book of Hours, or Horae. The tradition of the laity using Books of Hours continued long after the introduction of printing and many fine examples were hand coloured so as to closely resemble their manuscript predecessors. This example, while not coloured, does contain a total of fifty five woodcuts, including that of the Anatomical man and a striking series of calendar illustrations showing the activities for each month.

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