1827 Roman Breviary (Breviarium Romanum), gauffered, closure clasps


The classic Roman Breviary, in a wonderfully well-worn binding; the printing is handsome, honoring the medieval Breviary script with initials and rubrication throughout. Faded gilt gauffered edges decorate the foreedges, beneath the working closure clasps. Treats inside include the calendar, engravings, and the format of exorcisms (this is a section I haven't seen before).

The worn binding, and Exorcism section, might make this copy a great choice for Fall (Halloween) display.

This edition has three separately numbered sections: Brevarium Romanum (A Dom. Trinitatis, usque ad Dom. I. Septemb.) - 712 pages, Commune Sanctorum - ccxvii pages, and Proprium Festorum - 189 pages.

"The Roman Breviary is the liturgical book of the Latin liturgical rites of the Catholic Church containing the public or canonical prayers, hymns, the Psalms, readings, and notations for everyday use, especially by bishops, priests, and deacons in the Divine Office (i.e., at the canonical hours or Liturgy of the Hours, the Christians' daily prayer)."

"The Breviary dates from the 11th century; the earliest MS. containing the whole canonical office is of the year 1099 and is in the Mazarin library. Gregory VII (pope 1073–1085), too, simplified the liturgy as performed at the Roman court, and gave his abridgment the name of Breviary, which thus came to denote a work which from another point of view might be called a Plenary, involving as it did the collection of several works into one. There are several extant specimens of 12th-century Breviaries, all Benedictine, but under Innocent III (pope 1198–1216) their use was extended, especially by the newly founded and active Franciscan order." - Wikipedia

Physical Attributes -

Measures approx. 19 x 11 x 6 cm. Well-worn leather binding, with three raised cords on the spine. Gauffered edges with two working closure clasps.

Condition -

See pictures. Well worn; leather thin and dry (unsure if it's calf or something else) with some loss at edges and top of spine. Endbands have cracks (see pictures). Ghost of ex libris plate on front endpaper. Examples of foxing and toning throughout. Name on back of title page (which bled through, and is visible from the front. 1st quire (Pages 1 to 24) is shaken, holding on by the top sew. Occasional moisture mark at top margin (held, on way to church in rain?). I don't find any annotations.

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