Paris: Chez l'autheur rue de bussey à la croix blance au Fauxbourg St. Germain, nd (1680s). 4 1/2 x 7. Title, (ii), 260 pages beautifully engraved throughout in imitation of a calligraphic prayer book, with lovely and numerous ornamental initials, vignettes, head- and tail-pieces, and title pages for the various sections of the Hours. Two errors in pagination (as issued): p. 47 omitted in numbering and p. 223 numbered twice. Contemporary red morocco with single gilt rules, plain spine with raised bands, turn-ins gilt, marbled endpapers, edges gilt over marbling. Attractive bookplate. Some rubbing to binding; light dampstain at the top of pages 90-93 & 213-218; heavier staining pp. 245-252. There is a closed tear in the gutter of leaf 251/252. Very good copy with clear, strong impressions. Item #11288
Senault's Heures was issued in three versions from (mostly) the same copperplates:
1--Petite Office de la Ste. Vierge ca. 1680 with the folios not numbered and the sirens' breasts p. 210 uncovered.
2-- This copy. A 2-page dedication to the Dauphine, numbered folios, and the sirens' breasts covered (presumably in deference to the Dauphine).
3--Heures Nouvelles Tirées de la Sainte Ecriture, after 1690, when the Dauphine died, and identical to the prior entry with the exception of the dedication, which was dropped.
Date of publication based on a prayer (p. 69) for Marie Anne Christine Victoria of Bavaria as "Madame la Dauphine", which she became in 1680. Bonacini Nos. 1689 & 1693, Becker The Practice of Letters note to No. 83, Jammes Cat. 262 Nos. 39-40, Printing and the Mind of Man No. 98.
"It first was published by Senault himself and the writing master Nicolas Duval as Petit office de la Ste. Vierge, ca. 1680. Later issues came out under the title Heures nouvelles dédiée à Madame la dauphine and Heures nouvelles tirées de la Sainte Ecriture ... Various issues have been identified depending upon whether the folios are numbered and the siren's breasts are covered or not in the head-piece on e3r ..." D. Becker, Practice of letters.