Saturday, 11 September 2010
Missale ad Usum Insignis Ecclesie Sarisburiensis.
Here are a number of details from a Sarum Missal printed in Paris by William Merlin in 1555. This is just one of a large number of Sarum missals that were printed in Paris during the reign of Mary I, for export to England as part of the re-equipping of English parish churches following the Edwardine iconoclasm. It seems that demand was great and consequently these Parisian missals were rather hastily composed, Many, like this example, were illustrated with re-used woodcut blocks of varying styles and dates, some forty or fifty years old.