Thursday, January 08, 2015

Books for Sale/2: Roman Breviaries [UPDATED]

Update as of 1/14/15: All books in this batch have been sold. (I will leave the rest of this post as it stands, because it is interesting to be able to see these books from the point of view of liturgical history and the art of the book.)
Today's batch includes a complete 1962 Breviarium Romanum and two single "Aestiva" volumes of the old breviary from earlier in the century. If interested in any of the books, please contact me at the email address given in the side bar to the left.

Breviarium Romanum (1962)
Complete; printed in Belgium in 1962. $100 or best offer, plus shipping. (Newly printed sets today are going for $300-$360.) Inside pages are crisp and clean. Covers and bindings are strong; cover leather shows signs of the usual wear and tear (as indicated in the photos), but no damage.

Breviarium Romanum (Regensburg, 1936)
Unfortunately, I have only one volume from this set, the summer or aestiva volume, as the photos indicate. Comes with original case. Truly remarkable artwork -- a testimony to the higher standards of bookmaking and the overall aesthetic values of the period. $65 obo, plus shipping.

Breviarium Romanum (Regensburg, 1943)
Again, only the summer or aestiva volume. While the overall quality of the book is still very good, the artwork is not as extensive as in the 1936 edition above -- perhaps a sign of the strains and stresses of the time when it was printed. One of the photos below gives the same page, namely, the feast of the Most Holy Trinity, for comparison. $50 obo, plus shipping.

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