Day 30 - Missale Trajectense (Missal of Utrecht)
During the 1932 presidential campaign, personal interest stories about Democratic candidate Franklin D. Roosevelt appeared in newspapers across the country. The stories often commented on FDR’s love of books and book collecting. Dr. F.W. Schaefer, then a resident of the Savoy Hotel in New York City, presented a special item to FDR for his personal library.The volume that Dr. Schaefer sent to FDR was the Missale Trajectense, a Catholic order of service printed in Utrecht, Holland, in 1480–twelve years before Columbus sailed the ocean blue. As described by Dr. Schaefer, the book was printed by Conrad Winter von Homborgh, near Cologne, Germany. It is bound in embossed pig-skin over boards with ten bronze bosses protecting the cover. In addition to the printed text, the Missale includes hand illuminated lettering, and at some point during its life, handwritten Gregorian chants were added to the back of the book. There is only one other known copy in existence in Germany, and to our knowledge it is one of the oldest intact printed items in the Presidential Library system.