“An outstandingly executed missal” (Brunet, V, 1615).
“The press of Thielman Kerver and the ones of his widow (Yolande Bonhomme) and of his two sons produced a large number of liturgical books in different sizes and above all outstandingly executed missals” (Brunet).
Magnificent copy, the 8 leaves of the canon – quire Q – being printed on vellum skin with two full-page illuminations superbly illuminated at the time on engraved lines.
Thielman Kerver began to print books of hours in 1497. He died in 1522. His widow succeeded him at the end of this same year. She kept publishing until september 1552 and even until 1556, liturgical books in all formats.
Yolande Bonhomme publishes more than 200 titles between 1523 and 1557.
The progressive transition from book of hours to breviaries and missals is a reflection of the general change in the public’s taste and interests.
The long and florishing career of Yolande Bonhomme illustrates the independence of widows in the parisian book business from the 16th century.
Magnificent “Missale Romanum” of Yolande Bonhomme printed in September 1550, in red and black, ruled, decorated with countless initial letters painted in red, decorated capitals, woodcuts in different dimensions, the 8 leaves of the canon (quire Q) printed on vellum skin with two full-page illuminations – crucifixion and blessing Pope – both bearing in the lower part the arms of Claude de Lorraine, Abbot of Cluny at the end of the 16th century, very rare and precious provenance for this missal of Cluny.
The Missale Romanum is preserved in its binding from the second half of the 16th century in limp morocco –very rare – entirely decorated with the arms and armorial pieces of Claude de Lorraine.