Croatian Missal


Misalle Romanum Croaticum (The Croatian Missal, Misal hruacki, Hrvatski misal) is a missal printed in Rijeka on 28 April 1531 in the printing house of Bishop Šimun Kožičić Benja. It consists of 248 paginated and eight unpaginated leaves, measuring 20.5 cm by 16 cm. The text is arranged in two columns and the print is bichrome (red and black ink), including a number of woodcut initials and other illustrations. The title page features a depiction of St. Jerome writing a text. The colophon contains publication data and Kožičić’s coat of arms. There are 15 surviving copies, four of which have been preserved in Croatia. In 2015, the National and University Library in Zagreb and Rijeka University Library co-published a reprint of the missal, for whose preparation the complete copy from the national library was used. Accompanied by the Latin transliteration, the reprint also included a comparison of the missal’s linguistic forms with forms used in other missals printed in the 15th and 16th centuries.  Digitized copy is available on the portal of the Digital Collections of the National and University Library in Zagreb.


Source: National and University Library in Zagreb and Nazor, Anica. Misal hruacki Šimuna Kožičića Benje. Slovo, 67, 2017