Missale Vratislaviense

Roman Catholic Church . Missale Vratislaviense. Mainz, 1499.

Peter Schoffer was a manuscript copyist from Mainz who by 1455 was the principal workman of Johannes Gutenberg, the pioneer of mechanical printing. Schoffer worked with Gutenberg on his celebrated 42-line bible and subsequently went into business on his own, introducing many technical innovations such as the printer’s devise and the use of Greek characters. This imposing missal, following the use of the church in Breslau, now Wroclaw, was printed by Schoffer at Mainz in 1499.

It was bequeathed in 1506 to the church of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Glogau, near Breslaum by Vincency Irganck, and was purchased for Lampeter by Thomas Phillips at the sale of the well-known German book collector Georg Kloss in 1835.