London: Longmans, Green and Co., 1957. First edition. Octavo, contemporary three-quarter dark red crushed morocco, two ribbon markers, all edges gilt. Very faint toning to spine, gentle wear to head of spine and one upper corner. About-fine. Item #494
"COUNTLESS MARTYRS CHEERFULLY LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES RATHER THAN FOREGO THE SAYING OR HEARING OF MASS" First edition of this study of the Roman Catholic liturgies by the English clergyman and scholar, this copy custom-bound in gilt morocco leather. A.A. King converted from Anglicanism to Catholicism in 1937 and devoted himself to liturgical studies. The main body of the work is divided into three sections: Part I. Historical Summary, Part II. Roman Liturgy, Part III. Mass of the Roman Rite. A series of ten Appendices follow the text: I. Solemn Papal Mass, II. Fistula, III. Simplification of the Rubrics, IV. The Restored Order of Holy Week, V. Solemn Easter Vigil, VI. Disciplini Arcani, VII. Silent Canon, VIII. Roman Stations, XI. Rome and Liturgical Unity, X. Byzantine Influence in the Roman Rite. With King's Preface, dated "Westminster/S.S. Peter and Paul, 1956." Illustrated with a frontispiece "Promulgation of the Dogma of the Assumption of Our Lady.1st November, 1950" and three inserted sections of photographs. Bibliography. Index. Approbations. A splendid gift for a student of the liturgy.