MISSAL, Dominican use -- Missale Dominicanum seu Ordinis Praedicatorum. Venice: Octavianus Scotus, 24 December 1482.
Chancery 4o (212 x 155 mm). Collation: a10 b-l8 m-z8 8 8 10 (a1r blank, a1v register, a2r calendar, a8r table, a10v blank, b1r text, l8v Crucifixion woodcut, 10r colophon, 10v blank). 212 leaves. 33-34 lines, double column. Printed in red and black in two separate impressions, red printed first. Types: 7:92aG, 8:92bG, music type R4, printed on 4-line staves, up to eight per column. Full-page woodcut of the Crucifixion, two- and one-line red-printed Lombard initials. 7- and 3-line initial spaces. Rubricated with Lombard initials in blue, red capital strokes. (Occasional light soiling, short knife cuts in margins of final leaf.)
Binding: contemporary red-stained deerskin over bevelled wooden boards, upper cover diapered with double fillets, compartments and intersections with star, lower cover tooled to a saltire design, compartments filled with rosettes, rosettes in spine compartments, two brass fore-edge clasps (one partially detached), 2 later calf spine labels, vellum pastedowns, red-stained deerskin index tabs (rubbed, some wear to spine, a few cuts on lower cover).
Provenance: Frankfurt, Dominicans: contemporary inscription and 16th-century inscription dated 1565, occasional contemporary additions and translations into German, proper for a mass of St. Sebastian against the plague added on final blank verso -- Joseph W. Weld; sale, Christie's London, 24 July 1970, lot 23 (to B. Breslauer) -- Otto Schäfer: monogram stamp at end; sale Sotheby's New York, 8 December 1994, lot 122 (to Quaritch).
FIRST MISSAL PRINTED FOR DOMINICAN USE. The Crucifixion woodcut opening the Canon is one of the earliest Venetian figurative book illustrations. It was first used by Scotus in a Roman Missal almost exactly one year previously (29 December 1481); this is its third use. A copy of this edition in the Bodleian was also owned by the Frankfurt Dominicans and also has manuscript prayers on the plague to St. Sebastian.
HC 11289*; BMC V, 277 (IA. 21186-a); IGI 6578; Duggan 131; Sander 4711; Weale-Bohatta 1815; Goff M-636.