MS0078 Printed Horae with Illuminated Intials.  Before 1520

Printed by Thielman Kerver (fl 1497-1524)

The many Books of Hours printed by Phillipe Pigouchet (fl 1488-1518), Thielman Kerver, Antoine Vérard (fl 1485-1514) and others represent the highest artistic development of the printed lay prayer book. Medieval in conception, characteristically every page of the Hours had a full border, often made up of many small wood- or metalcuts, the two being difficult to distinguish. Some were printed on parchement and carefully illuminated.