New York: The Douay Bible House, 1953. Octavo (8 1/4 inches tall), original pebbled black cloth, gilt spine and blind-stamped, black endpapers, all edges red, original dust jacket, original cardboard box with printed upper lid with printed label. Book fine, faint ring stain and toning to bright dust jacket, original box sound with only modest wear and soiling, publisher's ink-stamp to underside of lid. About-Fine. Item #1336
THE HOLY BIBLE TRANSLATED FROM THE LATIN VULGATE
Splendid Douai Rheims Bible—a fine mid-century printing by Brepols Press Editions ("Printers to the Holy See since 1905")—intended for the gift market in the United States. Complete as issued with both the original illustrated dust jacket and the original decorative lidded box. An exceptional example of a beautiful production.
The English translation of the New Testament was first published by the English College at Rheims in 1582, followed by the Old Testament at Douay in 1609. This edition was printed on India paper and illustrated throughout with 18 black-and-white plates in the text and 14 color-printed maps of the Holy Land bound at the rear. Supplemented with two papal encyclicals: I. Pope Leo XIII's Providentissimus Deus (1893), An Encyclical on the Study of Holy Scripture (with an Introduction by a British Jesuit), and II. Pope Pius XII's Divino Afflante Spiritu (1943), An Encyclical on the Occasion of the Fiftieth Anniversary of Providentissimus Deus. With two blank printed leaves, bound before the New Testament, for I. Family Records / II. Children / III. Marriages / IV. Deaths. Imprimatur of Francis Cardinal Spellman (dated July 27, 1953). Printed in Belgium.