Missale speciale.

Accession number: 
PML 45545
[Basel] : [Printer of the Missale Speciale (Johann Meister (Koch)?)], [about 1473?]
[192] leaves ; 31 cm (fol.)
Credit Line: 
Purchased with the assistance of individual Fellows, 1953.

Title from ISTC.
For the date and printer, and also an account of earlier identifications and ascriptions, see Stevenson, The problem of the Missale speciale (London, 1967).
Printed in the Printer of the Missale Speciale type 1:232G.
Falsely ascribed as a missal for Constance use, but rather contains special readings for Sunday and feasts masses for the diocese of Basel.
Collation: [1-7¹⁰; 8-9¹⁰; 10⁶; 11-12¹⁰; 13-15¹⁰ 16⁸; 17⁸; 18-20¹⁰]: 192 leaves, leaves [1]/5, [4]/3, [9]/8-10, [12]/10, [17]/6-8, and [20]/9-10 blank.
Paper format: Chancery folio
Printed rubrics in red.
PML copy leaf dimensions: 30 x 21 cm.
PML copy missing 1 leaf: [20]/7 (i.e., leaf "189").
Watermark: leaf 53. Bull's head surmounted by Tau. Watermark, beta radiograph, page 53. Bull's head, tau, bar. 134999wm_PML_45545_leaf53_WM_Beta.jpg

Fifteenth-century Swiss (Basel?) blind-tooled brown calf over wooden boards (31 x 23 cm), with "ihs maria" banderole stamp (from unidentified bindery); rebacked and repaired by Duprez Lahey. One clasp, wanting, strap extant. Corner and central diamond-shaped bosses with incised leaf pattern. Manuscript parchment pastedowns and quire guards; pastedowns are from a twelfth-century Latin Psalter (Ps. 21:3-20 and 30:16-31:5; 22:4-24:4 and 28:9-29:13). Boards apparently reversed by Duprez Lahey when rebound. The binding purportedly contained documents related to Jacob Joner, a tanner in Basel, dated 1473, which are now lost (cf. Stevenson, The problem of the Missale speciale, 192-93).
Variant Title: 

Constance missal


Hand decoration: Rubricated, red and blue lombards, red capital strokes. Annotations: Contemporary foliation and added tituli in index (foliation in same hand as PML 79589). Many blank leaves have additional liturgical texts in late fifteenth-century hand, including: dedication of a church to John the Baptist (leaf [4]/7r), texts related to feasts of Sts. Ulrich (leaf [7]/10v), 10,000 Martyrs (leaf [9]/9r), Onofrius (leaf [12]/9v), Wolfgang (leaf [12]/9v), Beheading of John the Baptist (leaf [17]/6r), Barbara (leaf [17]/8v), and Dorothy (leaf [17]/9v), and many texts to the Virgin Mary. Leather tabs at individual feasts.

Romont (Switzerland), Capuchins (1727-1979), eighteenth-century inscription (leaf [1]/2r) and 20th-century library stamps throughout; H. P. Kraus, 1953, acquired from Romont for: Pierpont Morgan Library, purchased with the assistance of individual Fellows, September 1953.