I came across this unidentified item while working my way through some French incunabula. It is a heavily illustrated, French Book of Hours which is wanting everything before leaf e1 and everything after leaf q8: i.e. it is virtually unidentifiable.
There were many types of printed Hours coming out of France at the end of the 15th and beginning of the 16th century, and many of them were illustrated in a similar fashion. It is assumed that this copy is missing its first 32 leaves (i.e. four gatherings of eight leaves) and probably its last 16. Previous work has suggested that this might be Philippe Pigouchet’s work, as he worked on other Hours for Simon Vostre at the end of the 15th century. Also, the elaborate woodcut borders depicting biblical scenes, the Virtues, the stag hunt, apple harvest and memento mori are similar to those found in other identified Pigouchet Hours. It is also thought to be an Hours in the use of Autun or Auxerre because of the otherwise unexplainable “au” at the foot of each page next to each signature mark (see images 13 and 19 in the gallery above).
If anyone can provide further information on this item, we would be very happy to hear it!