Wednesday, January 14, 2009

The Benziger Bros. 1962 Missale Romanum Reprint: It's Here [UPDATE]

The NLM was very interested to learn this evening that the much anticipated reprint of the Benziger Brothers edition of the 1962 Missale Romanum is now finally in print and available for shipment.

From the site of Preserving Christian Publications:

Every effort was made to match Benziger’s renowned quality and will include such features as:

- hard casing in red (or green) durable bonded leather (wears better than leather and requires no special care)

- ornate gold-embossing on both cover boards and spine

- thick cover boards and reinforced spine with decorative hubs (as shown above on the original)

- poly-grosgrain colored ribbons finished with bows (prevents fraying)

- strong midi-braid leads bridging ribbons to the spine (protects pages and life of ribbons)

- flexible bonded leather tabs in matching cover color and black

- original quality black and red text throughout (all exact scans of the original pages)

- sturdy sewn binding and endsheet construction

- gilded page edges

- a slip jacket for proper storage of your investment

The missal is also provided in a deep green leather hardcover and is available for the price of $460.00 USD.

Here is an image of the interior of the Missal:

For those of you who are interested in the production process of this altar missal (which will also give you a further sense of the internal contents) you may like to visit the production page which shows the various parts of the printing process.

Videos are included at this page, as well as scans of some of the pages from the Feast days.

(The prepared covers, prior to having the internal text block bound into them)

(The Missal tabs being individually applied onto their proper pages)


One interesting question that has arisen, and which the NLM does not know the answer to, is whether this Missal -- being an official liturgical book -- was published with the proper ecclesiastical approbation required by canon law.

The answer to that question remains to be seen.

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