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The National Library of Finland digitized the Missale Aboense

Missale Aboense is the first book printed specifically for Finland. The National Library of Finland has digitized all its owned copies of this Abo missal printed in 1488.The papers and parchements include valuable teological scientific knowledge and handwritten notes.

The digitizing project is sponsored by Eero Niinikoski Fund.

Bishop Konraz Bitz and Dean Maunu Särkilahti had Missale Aboense printed for the Abo diocese in Bartholomeus Ghotan's printing house in Lübeck in 1488. It is the only incunabulum, i.e. a book printed before 1501, in the Finnish literature.

Missale Aboense is a missal which contains the texts and prayers of the mass. The Abo missal was printed both in parchment and paper. Red and black printing colours were used. Part of the big initials and illustrations are hand painted. Gold is used in the text as well as colours.

Of the four preserved missals printed on parchment the only copy which is almost complete and in the original binding, the missal of the church of Halikko, is in the Royal Library of Copenhagen. One of the copies, pieced together from the cover fillings of bailiff's ledgers, is kept in the Royal Library of Stockholm. Two parchment copies exist in Finland, one in Helsinki University Library and the other in Jyväskylä University Library.

There are two facsimile editions of Missale Aboense, one from 1971 and the other from 1988.

More information:
http://www.doria.fi/handle/10024/67149
http://jyk.jyu.fi/jyk/kokoelmat/missale/

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