[Bertholdus]. Horologiu[m] devotio[n]is.

(Cologne, Johann Landen), [ca. 1503].

12mo. (58) ff. Gothic type. With lombards and rubrication throughout. With 36 woodcuts, of which 30 in original hand colour, 3 recurring woodcuts full-page sized (twice in colour). Modern full calf with giltstamped and blindstamped spine.


Rare Latin edition of the illustrated devotional prepared by the Dominican friar Bertholdus around 1350. Intended for day-to-day worship, this popular prayer book is divided into 24 parts, each prayer corresponding to an hour of the day, and each concerned with an event in the Life of Christ, commencing with the Annunciation and concluding with the Last Judgement.

The work was first published in German under the title "Zeitglöcklein des Lebens und Leidens Christi"; the first Latin edition appeared in 1488. The present edition is not dated, but VD 16 considers it to be published ca. 1503, Grebe dates it ca. 1507.

16th century notes in Latin to title-page and last page.

Top margin of fol. e8 reinforced. Last page narrowly cut with slight loss to the handwritten notes. An attractively coloured copy.


HC 8930. Goff B-509. GW IV, Sp. 57a. Schramm VIII, 27. Proctor 1482. BMC I, 303. VD 16, B 2190. Grebe (Landen) 29. ISTC ib00509000.