New York: The Douay Bible House, 1953. Octavo, original blind-stamped black cloth with gilt spine, black endpapers, all edges red, original dust jacket, original cardboard box with white printed upper lid. Book fine, bright dust jacket with faint stain to front panel, original box sound with only modest wear and soiling. Scarce. Item #29
Splendid mid-century printing of the Douay-Rheims Bible by Brepols Press Editions, "Printers to the Holy See since 1905." This edition was issued with an illustrated dust jacket, 18 black-and-white plates in the text, and 14 color-printed maps of the Holy Land bound at the rear. The Old Testament was first printed by the English College at Douay in 1609. The New Testament was first published by the English College at Rheims in 1582. This fine edition was printed on India paper in Belgium and intended for the gift market in the United States. The introductory materials reprints Pope Leo XIII's Providentissimus Deus (1893), An Encyclical on the Study of Holy Scripture (with an Introduction by a British Jesuit) and Pius XII's Divino Afflante Spiritu (1943), An Encyclical on the Occasion of the Fiftieth Anniversary of Providentissimus Deus. With blank printed family records bound before New Testament title page. Imprimatur of Francis Cardinal Spellman, dated July 27, 1953. A complete and lovely example of beautiful production.