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Missale Pontificis In Nativitate Domini. (The Christmas Missal of Pope Alexander VI (1492-1503)).
Valencia: Edicions Tres i Quatre, 2011. 2 vols, facsimile - 200 pp., red leather with decoration and gilt to covers, with commentary volume in brown cloth. Both volumes in a cork case. Fine. § Limited edition of 200, this is copy number 38. Facsimile of the exceptionally beautiful liturgical codex created for the use of the second Borgia pope. The first of a project of three Libelli missae papalis intended for the three masses that the pontiffs personally sang in St. Peter's Basilica on Christmas Day, the Sunday of Easter and St. Peter's Day. The volumes were commissioned by Alexander VI shortly after his coronation, in 1492. The pope first used the missal on Christmas Day 1495, in a mass described in the diary of the ceremonialist Johannes Burckard. Only one manuscript is preserved in the Vatican Apostolic Library, with the signature cod. Borg. Lat. 425, of the other two Libelli is not known since the sixteenth century.
Bookseller: John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller [U.S.A.]

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