“And thou shalt say in that day: I will give thanks to thee, O Lord, for thou wast angry with me: thy wrath is turned away, and thou hast comforted me.” –Isaias 12:1
Within the past few weeks, Baronius Press has released its fourth impression of their Pocket Douay-Rheims. For some time it had been unavailable, but fortunately that is now not the case. As you would come to expect with any publication from Baronius Press, the overall presentation is of the highest quality. The gold gilt edged pages and the classical-looking page layout (with only minimal ghosting) make this pocket Bible a true pleasure to read and carry around. In many ways, this is the nicest pocket Catholic Bible that I have seen, probably along with the Cambridge Pocket RSV New Testament and Psalms.
As you will notice below, where I list the features found in Bible, this pocket Bible is packed with stuff. The maps and engravings are printed on a very thin glossy paper, which add a nice touch, without hindering page turning. I have pointed out in the past some Bibles that include glossy inserts and how they have a tendency to kind of get-in-the-way. Those who regularly attend the Extraordinary Form of the Mass will appreciate the inclusion of the Mass readings for Sundays, Holy Days, and Saints Days. The Table of References is nice two page addition which can be of help for doing apologetics or study. Also included are three Papal encyclicals, although I wouldn’t have mind having Dei Verbum included. As it has been noted by others elsewhere on this blog, if they are going to include Divino Afflante Spiritu, why not include Dei Verbum as well.
Again, this is a really wonderful pocket Bible. My only, although slight, disappointment is that the cover is made of a rather stiff bonded leather. While this may allow for greater protection of the pages from being bent, it does hinder the Bible’s ability to be opened flat on a table. This may change in time with regular use, but at this point I am unsure. Perhaps someone else who owns this edition will be able to chime in.
Everything else about this volume has the feel and look of a well-crafted Bible that will last a lifetime. As their website state, Baronius Press strives “to raise the quality of traditional Catholic books in order to make them more appealing to a wider audience. In an age of mass production and cost cutting overriding aesthetic beauty, Baronius Press is re-typesetting (rather than producing facsimiles) classic Catholic books, to obtain clear text which is easy to read. These are then published in high quality bindings that are beautiful and durable.” I hope they continue to produce high quality Bibles, and I would love to see them produce a pocket edition of their Knox Bible in the future.
The Features in this Bible include:
-4.25" x 6.85"
-Bonded, Flexible Leather bound cover (black, white, & burgundy) with stitched edges
-Enlarged text from previous edition
-Gold gilt edged pages and 2 ribbons.
-Completely retype-set to reproduce the original 1899 edition
-Eleven colored maps digitally redrawn by hand and fully colored
-32 beautiful engravings that recreate key moments in Biblical History
-Family Register section
-Three Papal encyclicals: PROVIDENTISSIMUS DEUS, SPIRITUS PARACLITUS, & DIVINO AFFLANTE SPIRITU
-Historical and Chronological Index of the Old and New Testaments
-A Table of References to Catholic Doctrines
-A Table of Epistle and Gospel Readings for the Extraordinary Form Mass for Sundays, Holy Days, and Feast/Saint Days
The Baronius Press website contains sample pages for you to look through.
Thank you to Baronius Press for providing a review copy