MISSAE in agenda defunctorum tantum deservientes juxta usum Ecclesiae Romanae cum Ordine et Canone extensae

Autore: MISSAE

Tipografo: Lelio dalla Volpe

Dati tipografici: Bologna, 1744

Formato: in folio

Bound in illustrated limp boards with woodcuts of skulls and skeletons

Folio (335x230 mm). 24 pp. Collation: A12. Title page printed in black and red with large woodcut vignette depicting a skeleton. Full-page woodcut illustration at l. A4v with the Crucifixion. Rubricated. Decorative initials. Text printed in red and black in double columns. Musical notations in black on red tetragram. Original yellow illustrated limp boards with woodcut illustration of a skull and bones above a mound of earth, on both front and back cover, within an ornamental border with floral patterns (worn and rubbed, several losses to panels and spine). In a modern cloth case. Tears repaired and margins reinforced on several pages, staining and foxing, but overall in good condition considering the fragility of the object.

(offered together:)

MISSAEin agenda defunctorum tantum deservientes. Ex Missali Romano recognito desumptae, cum Ordinario, et Canone, ut in ispis servatur: ad usum, et commoditatem omnium Ecclsiarum. Bologna, Giulio Borzagni, 1690.

Folio (350x234 mm). 24 pp. Collation: A12. Title page printed in black and red with large woodcut vignette showing a corpse surrounded by symbols of ecclesiastical power. Full-page woodcut illustration at l. A4v with the Crucifixion. Rubricated. Decorative initials. Text printed in red and black in double columns. Musical notations printed in black. Original yellow illustrated limp boards with woodcut of a skeleton leaning on a spade, on both front and back, set within an ornamental border with floral patterns (rubbed and worn, some minor losses to panels and spine). The illustration is freely taken from Vesalius' Fabrica (cf. J.B. de C.M. Saunders & Ch.D. O'Malley, Vesalius. The Illustrations from his works, Cleveland-New York, 1950, pl. 21). Some foxing and staining. A good copy. In a modern cloth case.

We are offering together these two striking examples of funeral bindings made with illustrated limp boards. Considering the fragility of the material and the practical purpose of liturgical books (the mass for the dead) contained within, these are two extremely rare survivals. Of the two editions, the first is apparently unrecorded, while of the second there is a copy at Harvard having a similar binding (OCLC, 885161151).


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