Lot 257 of 429:
1553 Breviary printed by Yolande Bonhomme  

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Breviarium Rom[anum] ad antiquum ritum...

[Roman Catholic Church]

Parisiis [Paris].

Ex officina libraria Iolandae Bonhomme fub unicorni in via Iacobea



Unpaginated. Title page illustrated with woodcut printer's device. Woodcut initials, double columns printed in black and red throughout, occasional small woodcut vignettes throughout. (12mo) 15x10 cm (6x4"), period full vellum, top edge gilt. 

A nice example of this rare breviary bearing the printer's device of Thielman Kerver at the Sign of the Unicorn. When Thielman died in 1522, his widow, Yolande Bonhomme, inherited the directorship of the House of Kerver, and she remained at its helm for the next thirty-five years. At the time of her death in 1557, the press was one of the most successful in Paris, having produced more than 200 editions, including the first Bible printed by a woman. No copies of this edition were found at OCLC.

On the title page Yolande retained her late husband’s distinctive printer’s mark, which features two unicorns and a shield above his name, but it is Yolande’s name that appears first in the printer’s statement at the bottom of title page. Yolande Bonhomme was born to a printing family, she learned the trade from her father, Pasquier Bonhomme, and she married Thielman Kerver, who owned one of the more important publishing houses in sixteenth-century Paris.  Consequently,

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General light wear to vellum; interior sound with light toning and some faint foxing, a nice example; very good.

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