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Psalterion / Horae [sold]

Ψαλτήριον Προφήτου καὶ βασιλέως τοῦ δαβίδ. … / Ὥραι τῆς ἀειπαρθένου Μαρίας — Paris 1543

Ψαλτήριον Προφήτου καὶ βασιλέως τοῦ δαβίδ[ου]. Τοῦ προτέρου ἀμολυντότερον.

—  Parisiis, Apud Franciscum Stephanum, 1543 [Paris, François Estienne].

Bound with:

Ὥραι τῆς ἀειπαρθένου Μαρίας, κατ᾽ ἔθος τῆς Ρωμαικῆς ἐκκλησίας. Horae in laudem beatissimae Virginis, Mariae secundum consuetudinem Romanae ecclesiae. — Parisiis, Apud Franciscum Stephanum, 1543 [Paris, François Estienne].

16mo (107 x 70 mm). A-Z8 Aa-Mm8: 261 (=269), (11) leaves. a-m8: 95, (1) leaves. Printed in red and black. Ruled in red throughout. Light marginal waterstaining to a number of quires. Provenance: Ticket of Librairie ancienne et moderne Ernest Thorin … Paris on paste-down. 17th century calf, two clasps. Rare.

USTC 195496 (Psalterion. Two copies: Le Mans, Leuven); Horae not in USTC.

Schreiber 122 (Psalterion. „Greek Psalter of exceptional rarity, which with the equally rare Greek Horae of he same year, contains the earliest appearance in a book of any part of the celebrated grecs du roi“ … This rare Greek Psalter may have been printed by Robert Estienne … who is known to have printed other books for his brother);

Renouard, Estiennes I, 100, nos. 1 and 2, („Les deux livres les plus remarquables pour leur exécution parmi ceux que François mit en vente sont le Psalterium Graecum, et les Heures, aussi en grec, l’un et l’autre volume des 1543, et imprimés en rouge et noir. Ces deux volumes sont rare.“ p. 351 in vol. 2).

On the type used here see Scholderer, Greek Printing Types, p. 10 and fig. 28, but see also Vervliet, Greek printing types of the French Renaissance. The ‚Grecs du Roi‘ and their successors, p. 13 (JPHS 2000/2, pp. 3-55).