Title: Missale Secundum Morem Sancte Romane Ecclesie, 1493
Author: Catholic Church
Publisher: Venice, Johannes Hamman for Nicolaus of Frankfordia
A late 15th century edition of the Missal, according to the custom of the Holy Roman Church, printed by Johannes Hamman for Nicolaus of Frankfordia. This edition has been printed throughout in red and black, with rubrication primarily in red, and a few blue initials. There is a printer’s device to the last printed leaf, and musical notation throughout. There is a woodcut of The Crucifixion as well, tipped into the volume.
Leaves 108 to 111, the Canon section, are lacking, although the crucifixion woodcut has been tipped in (whether the woodcut from this same exact copy or another cannot be confirmed). The lacking leaves have been replaced by 16 manuscript leaves on vellum, written by a contemporary hand, rubricated in red and blue ink against a gothic script, with a large, detailed initial, with the last two pages written in a simpler hand. The additional leaves appear to be the missing canon section (the large detailed initial a very good rendition of its printed original), as well as additional texts. There are 4 additional manuscript leaves on vellum at the end, following the colophon and printer’s device. There are several tabs still present.
This Missal bears the ownership inscription of one Benedictus Metsu, a priest, who may have also been the potential scribe to have supplanted the additional manuscript leaves. There is also a typed note tipped in signed by one Fr. Lyna, chief curator of the Royal Library of Belgium at the time.
ISTC records 44 existing copies of this edition in libraries.
One volume in octavo, (12)+238 of 242 leaves, 20 manuscript leaves on vellum
This volume is in good shape, with heavy rubbing and wear to the binding, namely to the spine and hinges, the front board holding firm by two cords. The last leaf is detached, and the additional four manuscript leaves on vellum after the colophon are holding by a cord. There is some foxing and staining throughout. The leaves are erroneously misnumbered numerous times, with the last leaf misnumbered 140.