The book was pictured in a recent post. It's a French Catholic missel (missal), and it contains all the prayers and responses necessary for celebrating Mass throughout the year. My mother-in-law found the book in an antique shop or possibly one of the street markets. She told me at the time, but I can't remember. I need to ask her about it again.
I'm pretty sure this one is quite old.
This little card was found inside the book and must have been given to the owner at his first communion in 1911.
This really is a lovely old book.
The endpapers are covered with a red fabric,
which looks somewhat like moiré. What I love is the ornate tooling around the inside edges.
The pages have a lot of brown, age-related spots known as "foxing." You can also see where the binding needs some repairs in this picture. In spite of all that, it's still a beautiful book and a real treasure.
The book appears to be written in both Latin and French. My husband took Latin in high school, and I took French, but neither of us remember enough to decipher this. :)
I've never seen a book like this before, have you? If you Google "French catholic missel" you can see images of more of these pretty books. I saw some as old as 13th and 14th century.
Thanks for reading today -- I hope you have a great week! I'll be sharing this with:
Marty for Inspire Me Tuesday
Sherry for Home Sweet Home
The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays
See you there. :)