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Pius V

Missale Romanum. Ex Decreto Sacrosancti Concilij
Trident. Restitutum. Ac Pij V. Pont. Max. Iussu
Editum. Cum Kalendario Gregoriano.
Venice, Nicolaum Misserinum, MDXCVIIII.


Folio, bound in blind embossed vellum with brass bosses and clasps. Four bosses missing, as are the closure tapes. Fly leaves lacking.

(37), 272 pages. Printed in two columns. Rubricated throughout. Charts with musical scores, using square notations, included. Elaborately engraved title page enclosing the type matter which is printed in red and black. Engraving shows Mary, Jesus and the three kings in the stable, angels on either side outside of scroll border. Columns on either side with children climbing them to pick fruit. Topped by cherubim. At the bottom two angels hold scroll frame containing printer’s device of grape vine loaded with grapes and the motto “Vinea Mea Electa Ego Te Plantavi” a variant of this printer’s mark appears on the last page with colophon. Engraving is signed “Paulino Fecit.”

Prefatory pages printed in Roman type face of approximately 12 point size. Printers’ flowers, apparently cast, are used in various combinations as borders enclosing printed matter, and as tall pieces. Types are similar to those Updike shows as Stamperia Vaticana specimens and the combinable printers’ flowers are the same as Updike shows that were used at Florence in 1626. Many decorated initial letters of various sizes, principally 3.5 x 3.5 cm.

The Missal proper has full page frontispiece of engraved crucifixion scene enclosed within combination rule and printers’ flowers border which is repeated at page 116. Many engraved vignettes of religious scenes, most of these are 4.5 x 8 cm. In size and are enclosed in scroll work borders. Each page has at least one illustration, or decorated initial letter. Printed on fine quality rag paper.

The type of text is approximately 18 point.

Last page has information for binder, printer’s mark and “Venetiis, Apud Nicolaum Misserinum, MDC.”

This was apparently an altar missal and there is evidence that the book once had leather index tabs.

All in all a handsome and colorful book.

Bears Wofford College Library Bookplate No. 944

Evert describes only those missals printed on vellum

Brunet #551 describes other editions of the work and notes first edition printed in 1475 is “tres rare.”