Missal, [between 1350 and 1375].

Catholic Church [Browse]
Uniform title
Manuscript, Book
1 v. (393 leaves) : parchment, ill.


Former owner
Related name
[between 1350 and 1375].
Summary note
Ms. Missal for Franciscan use of Rome, written and illuminated in the third quarter of the 14th century in Venice.
  • Layout: Parchment; two columns of 28 lines, ruled 10 mm. apart; ; 380 x 245 (230 x 160).
  • Decoration: Two artists, the major one in quires 1-9, 12-40; the minor one in quires 10-11 (ff. 90-109v). Colors of the main artist of Bolognese background are red, lavender-pink, mossy green, blue, and burnished gold for spandrels and gold balls that embellish the margins adjacent to the initial. Two miniatures, one full-page with borders of figured medallions prefacing the Canon of the Mass (f. 187v), and the other half-page for "Te igitur" (f. 188r). One 10-line historiated initial with borders of figured medallions for Introit of 1st Advent Sunday (f. 10r). 4- to 6-line historiated initials for Collects of major feasts in Temporale and Sanctorale, Common of Saints, Dedication of Church, Votive Masses, and Benediction of Salt and Water. 3- and 4-line decorated initials for Introits (except f. 10r) in Temporale and Sanctorale, and Collects of minor feasts in Sanctorale. 3-line champide initials for KLs of Calendar. First style of penwork in quires 2-9, 12-40; second style of penwork in quires 10-11 (ff. 90-109v). 1- and 2-line initials in alternately blue and red with flourishes of the opposite colors.
Binding note
16th-century wooden boards covered with black morocco stamped with lozenge enclosing a cross composed of floral ornament in center of rectangular frame decorated with scrollwork. Stubs of two straps.
Language note
Textura rotunda.
Erased ownership inscription on f. 393r, formerly the pastedown to the back cover. Note of price, Extimatum ad viii. xx. flore, estimated at eight score = 160 florins, in French 15th-century hand, on f. 393r, formerly the pastedown to the back cover. Flyleaf containing in black ink a note of a Spaniard, Juan Riba, ca. 1800: "Iste Misal romano franciscano, piu escrito a fines del signlo 14, y el Santo mas moderno qu se menciona en el, es Sr Luis Rey de Francia canonizado en 1297. Actualmente forma uno de los mas preciosos manuscritos que le que suscribe prosee en su Museo." Sir John Palmer and note of payment, £1000, for the Missal in pencil on the inner front cover. Rev. Paul F. McAlenney of Hartford, Connecticut; his sale (New York, 14 April 1925). Robert Garrett (1875-1961), Class of 1897, of Baltimore, Maryland.
Source acquisition
Gift of Robert Garrett, 1942.
Publications about
  • Green, Rosalie. "The Iconography of a Missal: Garrett 39." in Princeton University Library Chronicle 27 (1966): pp. 159-165; figs. 1-4 (ff. 11, 29, 30v, 46).
  • Ragusa, Isa. "The Missal of Cardinal Roselli." Scriptorium 29 (1975): pp. 48, 50-51, 57-58.
  • Preston, Jean. "Collecting Medieval Manuscripts at Princeton." in Princeton University Library Chronicle 51.1 (1989): p. 23.
  • De Ricci, v. 1, p. 871 (no. 39)
  • Green, p. 188 (no. 38 [f. 187v])
Cite as
Garrett MS. 39, Manuscripts Division, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.
Place name(s)
Italy Venice.
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