Under another entry about the Holy See reprinting (or not) the 1962 Missale Romanum there is discussion of other reprints of liturgical books.
Let’s get focused and create a really useful entry about what books are available and from whom, what they are actually like, how much they cost, etc.
For example, I reviewed the reprint of the 1962 Missale Romanum that the guys at St. John Cantius in Chicago were peddling. A kind reader gave me a copy. However, it is now out of print… already.
So… where does one now get a true 1962 Missale Romanum in any format? I am NOT interested in hand missals. This is about books priests need. Missals and breviaries.
PCP (Preserving Christian Publications) is going to be issuing a 1962 Missale Romanum with this claim:
Missale Romanum: an exact reprint of Benziger’s classic 1962 edition of the traditional altar missal which was specially tailored for the USA dioceses. [NB: this is the May 1963 printing, i.e., the final "1962 edition" which includes St. Joseph’s name in the Canon]
I know the Benzinger editions. I have used them many times. This reprint could be a very good tool, it it turns out alright. I own an edition by Benzinger: the 1961, the last issued before the 1962 editio typica (thus, Joseph is not in the Canon, etc.). The 1962 will be nearly exactly the same as far as format is concerned. It isn’t a fancy book. It is a useful book. I look forward to seeing what PCP does with it.
Otherwise, I read that PCP is also making available the Breviarium Romanum, the two-volume set which has the older Psalter and not the dreadful Psalter approved by Pope Pius XII. Alas, the volumes don’t seem very interesting in the photo. I would like to get then in my hands to see what they are really like to feel and use.
For breviaries, priests generally would like something like those wonderful old softbound leather volumes with gilded pages that so perfectly fit in the hand. If you are going to spend that much of your day with a book in your hand, each and every day for years, you want something nice, even if you have to spend a little more for it.
So, let’s get practical information. Who, what, where, how much, etc.
Do we know about other reprints of the 1962 Missale Romanum and the Breviarium Romanum?