Paris Book of Hours

Paris Book of Hours – Corvina – Ant.76 – Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Budapest, Hungary)

Paris (France) — Ca. 1510

A gorgeous gem of the first generation of French book printing: the stirring events of salvation history in the artful woodcuts of a wonderful book of hours printed in the Parisian workshop of Gilles Hardouyn

  1. Gilles Hardouyn was a bookseller turned printer who was active in Paris between 1491 and 1524

  2. Hardouyn's publishing house specialized in books of hours and printed at least two dozen known editions

  3. Published in 1510, this codex is a splendid testimony to the first generation of French printed books

Paris Book of Hours

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  2. Facsimile Editions (1)
Paris Book of Hours

The so-called Paris Book of Hours or the Heueres a lusaige de Romme is a magnificent gem of the first generation of French book printing, which was printed in 1510 in the Parisian workshop of the renowned bookseller and printer Gilles Hardouyn (1455-1529). In addition to the Liturgy of the Hours, it contains an almanac covering the years 1510 to 1530. The 92 relatively large-format folios of this exquisitely printed work are adorned with wonderful full-page, hand-colored woodcuts and elaborately historiated woodcut borders, showing the reader biblical events and the salvific history of mankind. Meanwhile, the pious texts are structured and decorated by countless colorful, painted initials. This charming Renaissance book of hours has been a valuable part of the collections of the Hungarian Academy of Science Library since 1929.


Alternative Titles
Stundenbuch von Paris
Pariser Stundenbuch
Les presentes heures a lusaige de Romme
Hardouyn Hours in Budapest
Size / Format
184 pages / 23.0 × 15.0 cm
Ca. 1510
Numerous hand-coloured woodcuts, 20 of which are full-page; ornate woodcut borders
Almanac, Liturgy of the Hours
Artist / School

Available facsimile editions:
Paris Book of Hours – Corvina – Ant.76 – Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Budapest, Hungary)
Corvina – Budapest, 1988
Facsimile Editions

#1 Paris Book of Hours

Corvina – Budapest, 1988

Publisher: Corvina – Budapest, 1988
Binding: Red velvet binding with gold tooling
Commentary: 1 volume (16 pages) by Csaba Csapodi
Languages: English, French
1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size) Reproduction of the entire original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.
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