New York: Benziger Brothers, Inc., 1959. Quarto (10 inches tall) original gray cloth, gray endpapers, gray top edge, uncut, original dust jacket. Early owner signature and bookseller's stamp to blank flyleaf, toned spine, browning to laminated edges on verso of price-clipped dust jacket. A near-fine copy. Item #939
"MAY THIS WORK CONTINUE IN ITS NEW FORM TO BE OF SERVICE IN LEADING MANY SOULS TO A DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF THE PRECIOUS LEGACY OF OUR LORD" First one-volume edition of the Mass of the Roman Rite, Father Joseph A. Jungmann's magnum opus on the Catholic Liturgy. First published in two volumes (Vienna 1948), this single-volume edition of the English translation was newly revised and abridged (by removing the apparatus) to make the work more accessible for American audiences. The text is divided into four sections: Part One. The Form of the Mass through the Centuries, Part Two. The Nature and Forms of the Mass, Part Three. The Mass Cermonies, Part Four. The Mass Ceremonies in Detail. The Sacrifice. An Abbreviated Bibliography is placed before the Contents and an Index follows the text. Prepared under the Austrian Jesuit's supervision (while he was Rector at the Collegium Canisianum) and revised by Charles K. Riepe and translated by the American Redemptorist Rev. Francis A. Brunner. This edition is dedicated "To the Fathers, Alumni, and Students of the Collegium Canisianum/ Innsbruck, Austria on the Occasion of Our 100th Anniversary 1858-1958/ This Edition of Our Rector's Greatest Work is Humbly Dedicated." With Jungmann's brief Author's Foreword discussing the wartime origins and the need for a simplified edition of his work, along with a Reviser's Foreword ("Innsbruck, July 1, 1958"), where Riepe describes the nature of the revision and his appreciation: "perhaps in this way I can express my gratitude for the opportunity to make even a small contribution to the Apostolate of the Liturgy which Pope Pius XII has called 'the working of the Holy Spirit in His Church.'" Approbations, with the Imprimatur of Francis Cardinal Spellman ("New York, March 20, 1959").