Though Pope Pius V declared the use of the Roman Missal of 1570 compulsory throughout the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church, certain religious orders were permitted as exceptions, such as the Premonstratensian Order. A new edition of the Missale Praemonstratense was published in 1578.
This edition is richly illustrated, including hundreds of small woodcuts and historiated initials showing Biblical scenes. They are then embellished with fine contemporary colouring and illuminated with gold and silver. The illustrations have borders of burnished gold leaf, and initial letters are also gilt in the same way. This is an incredibly luxurious copy of the Missal, and the printer, Jacques Kerver, was a member of a prolific Parisian printing family, with privileges of exclusive rights for 10 years to publish all works reflecting the reforms of the Council of Trent. This honour was granted by King Charles IX of France, and thus his commission for this grand copy of the Missale Praemonstratense is no surprise.