Latin catena means "chain". Catena came to be the label for a work which involved "chaining" the commentaries of previous previous writers so as to create a verse by verse biblical commentary.
The best known of these catena was created by St. Thomas Aquinas (+1274) and it is called the Catena Aurea, covering the four Gospels.
The nice folks at Baronius Press have produced a new, leather bound, four volume set of the Catena Aurea and I am happy to show some photos of the books on this day especially, when in the traditional Roman calendar we celebrate the so-called "Missa Aurea" for Ember Wednesday of Advent.
As I said there are four volumes, bound in leather with pages edged in, appropriately, gold.
They are being sold through the website of Baronius Press for US $140.
I noted that they were printed in India.
This is not just a photocopied set, reproducing the original pages of the 1841 edition. This is entirely reset.
There are handy ribbons for marking your place.
The binding feels good, and not too tight. The books lie open.
The contents are as you might suspect. No pictures. Just text. This is a reprint of an edition that was prepared in 1841.
The volumes have no indices, which is a bit of a draw back. Since the books were actually reset with a new typeface, preseumably in electronic form, it is hard to understand why there couldn’t be an index. But there it is.
Baronius Press is publishing very nice books. Their hand missal for the older Mass is wonderful. They have some good tools for Scripture. I was very impressed also by their Divine Intimacy.