New York: Benziger Brothers, Inc., . Tall thick octavo (10 inches tall), original blind-and-gilt-stamped pebbled black boards, decorated endpapers, all edges gilt, colored ribbon markers, red and black leather tabs, plain unprinted dust wrapper. Two leather tabs worn, gentle creasing to title page. A beautiful copy. Item #809
American printing of the "Editio Iuxta Typicam" of the 1962 Roman Missal—a beautiful copy of the last new typical edition of the Missale Romanum issued before the changes brought about by the Second Vatican Council. This edition was "set up, printed and bound by Benziger Brothers." In this context, "typical edition" means the officially-approved edition to whose text other printings are obliged to conform. "Pre-conciliar Catholicism was marked by a rich devotional life—Rosary groups and First Fridays, benedictions and novenas, a host of prayers and practices that fed the spiritual life of ordinary Catholics" (Edward P. Hahnenberg). Foremost among these was the Roman Missal issued by a Tridentine commission in 1570. "The Missale Romanum, which was made binding on the universal Church and which remained virtually unchanged until the 1960s. The Tridentine Mass was tremendously effective in securing a uniform religious expression for Catholics throughout the world. And as a pedagogical tool for instilling the Catholic sense of tradition and emphasizing the clarity, stability, and universality of Catholic doctrine it was superb" (Thomas Bokenkotter). Prefaced with an Apostolic Letter of Pope John XXIII, the Motu Propio: "Rubicarum Instructum" (July 25, 1960) giving approval to the new collection of rubrics of the Roman Breviary and Missal. The tabbed Latin text is printed throughout in red-and-black and decorated with numerous engraved headpieces printed in black. Imprimatur: Franciscus Cardinalis Spellman (Novi Eboraci die 19 Decembris, 1961). Hahnenberg, Vatican II: The Essential Texts. Bokenkotter, A Concise History of the Catholic Church.