New York: Benziger Brothers, (1955). Later Printing. 16mo. 4 x 6.5 in. 1,340 pp. Black imitation leather, titles in green, all edges red, with 5 ribbon markers; blue decorative endpapers. Edited by the monks of St. Mary's Abbey, Newark, N.J., Rt. Rev. Patrick O'Brien, O.S.B. Abbott. Profusely illustrated with color plates, as well as black & white vignettes. Text printed in black & red, in Latin & English. Approbations. Near fine. 1958 Baptism inscription to verso of front flyleaf. Binding square & tight, text otherwise clean & bright.
For a brief moment in the post-war years, as Catholics came into the American mainstream, this curious & strangely attractive publication of Catholic Americana was the best-selling missal in the country. A nice copy.