1670 · Venice
This Roman Missal was printed in Venice, and portions of the text strongly suggest a Venitian usage: the final 4-pages are devoted to the Seven Sorrows of the BMV and the Glorious City of Venice ("Inclitae Civitati Venetiarum" on pp. 1 and 4). On the first blank is clearly written, in a 17th-century hand, "Missale di San[ti] Cosma e Damiano," possibly the Chiesa dei Santi Cosma e Damiano in the Localita Giudecca in Venice. There can be no doubt that this particular Venetian edition is rare: it is not listed in KVK (sic) or in the Catalogo SBN (sic), a network of 5,352 Italian libraries. The printer, Guerlio, published five other Roman Missals but this 1670 edition seems to have evaporated from record.
A consummate example of Venetian seventeenth century bookbinding. (Inventory #: 2720)