(Italy or Germany[?], ca. 1500). 368 x 248 mm. (14 1/2 x 9 3/4"). Double column, 34 lines of text plus headline in two sizes of a large, very pleasing gothic type.
Rubrics in red, two of the leaves with a two-line initial in red. One leaf with (naturally occurring) imperfections in the vellum and with one small hole (all in margins), but IN ESPECIALLY FINE CONDITION--very clean, fresh, and smooth, and with ample margins.
These handsome leaves are beautifully printed on vellum that has been so painstakingly prepared that it is equally bright on both the flesh and the hair sides. Although we were unable to match anything in the facsimile volumes of the British Museum Catalogue of 15th century printed books, the typeface here looks convincingly incunabular. The text is for weekday Masses during Lent and Passiontide. (ST12584a-d)