Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Loreto Publications Douay-Rheims Bible

Loreto Publications has been one of the places, for a long time, where one could find a nice copy of the Douay-Rheims (Challoner) edition.  While perhaps not as refined as the Baronius editions, the Loreto Douay-Rheims has always been a very workable and durable edition of the venerable Douay-Rheims.  

This edition is sewn and comes in a bonded leather hardcover.  One of the things I most appreciate about this edition, in comparison to the other versions available in this translation, is the bible's size.  At 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" x 2" the Loreto Douay is a tad smaller than the standard size Baronius editions, without losing any of its readability.  In some ways, this smaller Loreto version feels like the Baronius Knox in my hand while reading from it. Two thick ribbons accompany this bible and the paper has very little issues regarding ghosting/bleed-through.  As you will see with the description below, many of the same features that are found in the Baronius edition are also available in this edition.  

The text is not retype set, nor are the maps in color.  So, there is a clear and obvious difference in that regard in comparison with what Baronius offers.  However, make sure to keep reading below for some news on this issue and what Loreto has planned for later this year.

Description from Loreto:
Even after all of the modern "revisions" of the bible that are now available to Catholics, many still think that the Douay-Rheims version, (the only English translation of the Catholic Vulgate bible in use for almost 400 years) is the very best ever produced. We at Loreto agree that what was good enough for fifty generations of English-speaking  Catholics and countless Saints and Martyrs is still good enough for us. We are proud to offer this beautiful genuine bonded leather hardbound edition for only $39.95! The text is clear and easy to read and the two satin ribbons mark he pages where your daily reading is to begin. This Bible fills the need for a small (5 1/2" x 8 1/2" x 2") good quality hardbound Douay-Rheims bible. It is a perfect gift for Christmas, First Communions, Confirmations, weddings, birthdays, etc. and is also great for those who want a portable bible which is legible, durable, and handsome.
  • Douay-Challoner version
  • Hardbound binding
  • Genuine bonded leather cover
  • Gold embossed title and decoration on spine and cover
  • Top quality bible paper
  • Family Register pages
  • Papal Encyclical Providentissimus Deus of Leo XIII at front
  • Sharp, clear, and readable text
  • Gold and red satin ribbon page markers
  • 32 illustrations
  • Maps
  • Index

As I alluded to above, I am happy to report that later this year Loreto will be releasing a brand new edition of their Douay-Rheims Bible which will be newly typeset.  So, definitely keep an eye out for it some time in the Fall 2018.  

Note the Douay on top is the compact edition from Baronius

I would like to thank Loreto Publications for providing me a review copy of this bible.


Daniel said...

I have of late been thinking about purchasing a new Douay Rheims BIble. Having owned a genuine leather St. Benedict Press Douay Rheims, the only thing that annoyed me about it - admittedly a very minor issue for an otherwise great Bible - was the excessively flexible cover. Similarly to the leather RSV 2CE, I was unable to put this BIble vertically on a shelf without it falling over or buckling. Regarding the Baronius Press flexible covers, are these ‘shelf friendly’ or not?

Very excited to hear about the upcoming Loreto release as well!

Anonymous said...

I have softcover RSV2 and Jerusalem Bibles on my shelf. I place them between other hardcover Bibles on the shelf and they do ok.

Anonymous said...

"genuine bonded leather cover". I have some shelves in my garage that are "genuine oriented strand board". It don't get any better than that!