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MISSALE ABOENSE.
(Missale Aboense).

MISSALE ABOENSE.

Secundum Ordinem Fratrum Praedicatorum 1488. Werner Söderström Osakeyhtiö 1971.
Facsimile Reprint of 1488 Ed. Sm. folio. 620pp. Text in red and black with some initials in blue, colour ills. Latin text. Nicely bound in period style blind embossed skiver, sl. rubbed. Missale Aboense was the first book printed for Finland. As its name suggests, it was a prayer book used for Mass. It follows the tradition of the Dominican liturgy, which around the year 1330 was adopted as the official liturgy of the see of Turku. This poor bishopric could not afford to have its own missal printed, but its Dominican tradition came to the rescue. The first Finnish printing shop was established in 1642. The Missale was commissioned by Bishop Konrad Bitz from the Lübeck printer Bartholomeus Ghotan. Bitz dated his introduction to the book, Turku, 17 August 1488, and it was published in the same year. The Missale was printed on both parchment and paper. This firstborn of Finnish literature ran to some 550 folio pages. With regard to beauty of typography, it still competes successfully for a leading place among Finnish books. A facsimile edition of the work was brought out a above and in 1988.
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