669J.  Book of Hours, use of Rome

Ces presentes heures de Nostre Dame… Les Présentes heures ont esté nouvellement imprimées à Paris pour Guillaume Godard libraire ; [S’ensuyvent plusieurs devotes louenges, petitions, oraisons et requestes…] Au r. du dernier f.: Ces presentes heures ont esté imprimées a Paris pour Guillaume Godard, libraire, demourant sur le pont au change a l’enseigne de l’homme sauvaige devant l’horloge du Palais

Paris: Guillaume Godard, 1514                                                 $ 22,000

Octavo17.5 x 11.1 cm. Signatures: [a]⁸[b]10 [c-l]⁸ [m]4 A8 [B-C]8 D8.126ff.

19 full page cuts and 28 smaller cuts. 

Printed on vellum, trimmed close and with tight inner margins as printed. The tintials are in red and gold or blue and gold. The title has the mark go Godard, ant it is followed by an Almanac and calendar for 1514-1530, Before the calendar there is a cut of the Astronomical/Anatomical Man.

 This copy is bound in 20th century full calf expertly gilt with a combination of pallets, gouges and decorative devices.  Front pastedown with bookplate of Bernd Oetter and some early notes. Condition: Binding with some very light scuffs or areas of light rubbing to extremities. Some very light soiling to some margins but mostly quite clean throughout, some initials blurred or rubbed. An exceptional copy, beautifully bound and housed in a protective custom cloth case.

Guillaume Godard was a bookseller who worked in Paris from 1510 to 1539. There is little information about him. Ph. Renoir just notes that “Godard’s shop was located at the Pont au Change under the signboard of a savage, and that “we know his name only due to Books of Hours and almanacs” [23, p. 174]. David J. Shaw adds “Ante horologium Palatii regii sub intersignio hominis sylvestris (by the clock of the Palais Royal, at the sign of the wild man); au bout du pont au change a lenseigne de lhomme saulvage devant lorloge du Palais (at the end of the Pont au Change at the sign of the wild man by the palace clock) [https://france1501to1520.djshaw.co.uk/index.php?title=Guillaume_Godard]

As for the Rébus (Renouard 372) I suspect the lines below the image each refer to the lines in the rebus, but to connect the symbols with the meaning escapes me at this point. ” Rébus de son matériel.”

Horae B.M.V. (Tenschert & Nettekoven); Nº 81;  Bohatta 968; Lacomb 254; Brunet 302; Moreau 1514, 860;  Rahir 1931, Nº.321; Soleil, S293; Van Praet g, S.82, Nº. 224 and S.112, Nº. 314. cf. Subbotina O.V. Engravings with Captions in the Guillaume Godard’s Parisian Books of Hours(1520–1530): Text Sources and Particularities of Visual Narrative. Novoe iskusstvoznanie (New Art Study), 2020, no. 3, pp. 39–46 (in Russian). and La destruction de Jérusalem, bis: a “bande dessinée” by Guillaume Godard / Mary Beth Winn. – In: Bulletin du bibliophile (2008), 1, p. 9-41.

I have located only one other copy of this at Newberry. 

By way of searching the Horae B.M.V. (Tenschert & Nettekoven). OCLC, Moreau and Brunet, Books of hours printed by Godard are rare, in oclc I can locate only 8 Hours printed by him held in the US and in only 7 locations.

1514 (Bohatta Nº968) This copy and Newberry 1514(Bohatta Nº865? ) Morgan 1515(Brunet, Nº305) Lib of Congress, Berkeley & Princeton . 1517(Bohatta Nº1018) NYPL and U of VT. 1517(Bohatta Nº1026) Morgan.

A very rare printed book of hours on vellum by Godard.