New York: Catholic Book Publishing Company, circa 1950. Octavo, original teal cloth, blue top edge, illustrated endpapers, original dust jacket. Slight creasing to the top of the half-title page, else Fine. Item #464
Lovely "Red Letter Edition" of this mid-century revision of the Challoner-Rheims New Testament, translated from the Latin Vulgate. This edition of the New Testament was edited by Catholic scholars under the patronage of the episcopal committee and features all the words spoken by Christ printed in red. The text is illustrated with a color-printed frontispiece portrait of Jesus Christ and sixteen full-page color plates printed back-to-back on eight leaves.
The Preface to the New Testament provides an overview of the history of the Vulgate, the Douay-Rheims Bible, and Richard Challoner's stewardship. Challoner was baptized Catholic as a teenager and he became a guiding light for the beleaguered recusant communities in 18th-century England. Challoner called upon his own fluency with the King James Bible to provide a sorely needed revision of the Rheims New Testament in 1749 (and the Douay-Rheims Bible as a whole in 1750), ensuring generations of Catholics with access to Scripture. "For English-speaking Roman Catholics, Challoner's work, with some later slight changes, was standard for a further two hundred years." (David Daniel, The Bible in English). The Preface concludes with a note on The Four Gospels. This edition also includes an appendix containing an Historical and Chronological Index, Table of References, Table of Sunday Epistles and Gospels, Reading Guide, Index of Biblical Names, Harmony of the Gospels, Glossary and Maps. Approbations. A beautiful copy of the New Testament.