Cover image of the new reprint.
The Latin Vulgate Bible according to the "Clementine" edition
Originally typeset and illustrated
Desclee, Lefebvre, & Assoc.
Society of St. John the Evangelist
in 1901 A.D.
Church Latin Publishing Co.
in 2021 A.D.
Sample page from the new reprint -Click page to expand-
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After many years of anticipation, I am proud to be offering a reprint of the magnificent Latin Vulgate Bible published by the Society of St. John the Evangelist, 120 years ago. These Vulgate bibles are a true icon of Catholic history and can be described as a "modern adaptation of a medieval manuscript."
In our present day, traditional Catholic worship and devotion is under attack. This reprint of the Latin Vulgate Bible is both a testimony to Catholic Tradition and a living archive of Catholic scriptural legacy. It also pays homage to the authority of the Clementine text and is a tribute to the lost art of more elegant religious and liturgical typesetting and printing.
An excerpt from the "Editor to the Reader" of this bible perfectly summarizes both the reasons it was originally published and why we have labored to bring it back into print:
"May, finally, this edition of the Sacred Bible be published, and may it bear exceedingly rich fruits of knowledge and piety; we humbly pray that St. John the Evangelist, our great patron, who drew his stream of divine eloquence from the sacred font itself of the Lord’s breast and, inebriated with the grace of the Holy Ghost, more deeply revealed to others the hidden things of Divinity, might obtain these results for us through his kind intercession with the most sacred Heart of Jesus."
"The Bible arrived and is gorgeous. It's so good, we ordered two more. Classic typographers knew how to make books beautiful and delightful to read; your skill with modern technology has re-rendered their craft for new eyes, minds, and generations. Thank you." Deacon Patrick from the Pikes Peak Region, CO 8.2.22
"...I received the Bible in the mail today and I am extremely happy with it! Thank you so much for your patience and for your work on reprinting such a wonderful piece of art and Catholic learning." B.G. from Austria 6.13.22
"I just this evening received my copy of the Vulgate. What a great job you have done! What a labour of love!
Thanks for all your work! God bless you! " F.P. from Australia 6.11.22
"...just wanted to drop a line saying thanks for doing this. There aren't enough beautiful, traditional Catholic editions out there. Bought this one in particular for its charming details like the illustrations, drop caps, and other graphic embellishments." B.C. from Pasadena, CA 5.23.22
"ChurchLatin.com has finally completed a project that spanned a decade with the reprinting of the Biblia Sacra Vulgatae Editionis Sixti V. Pont. Max. jussu recognita et Clementis VIII—otherwise known as the Clementine Vulgate Bible. This edition of the bible originally printed in 1901 by Desclee of Belgium, features all-Latin texts according to the Vulgate translation, first made by St. Jerome in the 4th century, and re-issued first under Pope Sixtus V (1590) and then Pope Clement VIII (1592). It is also noteworthy that Pope Pius XII declared in 1943 (in his encyclical, Divino afflante Spiritu) that the Clementine Vulgate was "free from error whatsoever in matters of faith and morals." This bible's hallowed pages are replete with engravings, from decorative capital letters, to classic pictures of biblical persons or scenes. A full-color map of Palestine at the time of our Savior is also featured at the book's front. This edition has been published economically, yet with quality, featuring a trade-cover hardbound casing and decorative headbands. Of course, the printing itself is superb, with the lettering in clear and distinctive type—a tribute to the careful attention given to the scanning and touch-up of the original century-old pages. But this Bible edition—the official traditional Latin version—should not be treasured merely for its decorative appeal, but more importantly as an invaluable reference for those engaged in scriptural or theological studies, as well as of the sacred liturgy (as the Vulgate texts are used in all of the traditional missals [see the indexes below], breviaries and rituals of the Latin Rites).
The practicality and usefulness of this bible is furthered by several indexes, namely:
Index testimoniorum a Christo et Apostolis in novo Testamento citatorum et veteri
Hebraicorum, Chaldaeorum, Graecorumque nominum interpretatio
Index Lectionum, Epistolarum et Evangeliorum quae Ecclesia juxta ritum Missalis Rom. leguntur
Proprium Sanctorum. Lectiones, Epistolae et Evangelia
Evangelia et Epistolae diversa
And with a cost of just $59.99, this book comes highly recommended.
A debt of appreciation is owed to ChurchLatin.com for reproducing this great work!"
Link to the review on the source website: ROMANITAS PRESS
Louis J. Tofari, Liturgical Trainer, Consultant, and Publisher, Romanitas Press
"The publication of this beautiful tome is momentously felicitous. The venerable text of the Clementine Vulgate is displayed in dignity akin to the liturgical books of the Roman Rite of yesteryear, so that the format of the pages breathes forth the reverent awe that inspired the publishers and editors. The font is elegant and easy to read, thanks to the hard work of the good folks at Church Latin Publishing Co. There are beautiful woodcut illustrations heading the more illustrious books of the Old and New Testaments. Each chapter of the Biblical books is preceded by helpful summary notes. Being a faithful edition of the Clementine Vulgate, the apocryphal books of 3 and 4 Esdras are included, along with the famous Prayer of Mannaseh. Catholics, Latin enthusiasts and supporters of perennial Western culture will warmly welcome this auspicious publication of the Clementine Vulgate. The wide dissemination of this book will doubtless contribute significantly to the greater and more faithful preservation of Catholic tradition and Catholic literary artistry. I cannot recommend this beautiful Bible enough!" E.M. from Los Angeles, California 1.10.22
"This reprint of a beautiful edition of the Vulgate is a step in the right direction for Latin culture in the Church. Latin Bibles are not meant to be old museum pieces that sit on shelves, and just buying one isn't going to do anyone any good! This edition is for lectio, reading on the bus, and study in the coffeehouse. Regaining use and appreciation of Latin means using this stuff! This Bible is a great place to start, crack this book open and start in." Mr Sean Pilcher Latinist, translator, and VSI instructor 12.30.21
(N.B. VSI= Veterum Sapientia Institute A great resource-please check this out!)
"I got my Bible today. Thanks for the prompt shipment. You’ve revived a book that is as beautiful as it is useful. Moreover, the indices are a delight." J.B. from Sahuarita, Arizona 12.27.21
Also- some recent feedback left on my eBay account for this Bible:
"Received today by customer in perfect condition. Excellent service!! 5 - star all the way!!!"
"Perfect - thanks!"
"Thank you for this beautiful book."
"I was wanting wanting good clementine edition of the latin vulgate. This lovely bible certainly meets my needs"
"WOW WOW WOW! What a GREAT publication! I can't wait to start perusing, then using, this Vulgate! Super eBayer, superior book, very fast service! Thank you! A+++++++++++"
"Wonderful, came fast and looks great, thanks!"
-Complete text of the Latin Vulgate Bible, Old and New Testaments with "extra-canonical" books of the Old Testament.
-Entirely in Latin
-Text edited according the Vatican Edition of the Clementine Vulgate of 1598 A.D.
-Fully cross referenced between Old and New Testaments and vice versa
-Engravings that illustrate biblical scenes at the beginning of many books of the bible
-Text is arranged for excellent readability and typeset in a beautiful Elzevirian font
-Exact facsimile of original, true to the original with no additions/subtractions
(only minor corrections to the scans were done, to improve legibility)
-Scuff resistant "Soft Touch" matte laminated hardcover
-6" wide X 9" tall pages
External dimensions: 6 1/4" wide X 9 1/4" tall X 1 3/4" thick
-984 total pages
-2 color maps on 70# matte paper
-2 ribbon markers
-Printed and bound in the USA
-Map of Palestine, at the time of Our Savior
-Front matter: title page, imprimatur, note to the reader, preface to the Vatican edition of the Vulgate 1592 AD, Decree concerning the canonical scriptures, from the Council of Trent- fourth session,
Remembrance of Pope Clement the 8th.
-Prefaces of St. Jerome (28 pages)
-Table of Contents
-Old Testament (694 pages)
-Map of the travels of St. Paul
-New Testament (186 pages)
-"Extra-canonical" books of the Old Testament: Prayer of Manassseh, 3rd and 4th Books of Ezra
-Index of Testimonies of Christ and the Apostles
-Interpretation of Biblical Names
-Index to the Bible
-Index of Epistle and Gospel readings used in the Roman Missal
If you interested in a look 'behind the scenes' of this reprint, click below for a detailed explanation of the process of bringing a book such as this back into print.
Please visit my Desclee Vulgate page for detailed information and history on this particular edition of the Latin Vulgate Bible.
Also, I've attempted to chronicle my progress on this project- which I began thinking about way back in 2008.
A few additional sample pages, presented below:
Click on the image to open a PDF
"The Last Gospel"
The Comma Johanneum
The Prophet Daniel
Additional Shipping Information
Domestic orders will be packed and shipped via USPS Media Mail for $5 to your mailing address. I take great care in getting your package out quickly. I normally ship the next day after your order is placed. In some cases it could take one to two days until your order ships.
Due to the number of books that have been returned because of damage during shipping, I will no longer be offering the $8.50 option for a Priority Mail Envelope. All Priority Mail orders will be shipped in a Medium Flat Rate box for a fee of $15.
I do ship internationally via USPS First Class Package International. Shipping charges for this method are about $46. Email me for an exact shipping quote. firstname.lastname@example.org
I highly recommend a bible cover or bag when transporting your bible. I found this one on amazon.com which was sized for a bible measuring up to 10" tall by 7 1/2" wide by 2 1/2" thick.
I have included a 2 page insert with this bible that contains a few notes and an English translation of the
"Editores Lectori" CLICK HERE FOR INSERT
There are a great number of Latin dictionaries in print that can be used for the reading and study of the Latin Vulgate Bible. If you are seeking a free resource- I highly recommend you download the Vulsearch program to your PC. For mobile devices- I use an app called Whitaker's Words that is available for both Apple and Android devices.
Marker Ribbon Options
Did you already purchase a copy and want marker ribbons installed in yours?
If you would like to send me your previously purchased copy I will install them for free, I only ask that you cover the shipping.
The total for this service is $10. $5 for shipping to me, $5 for return shipping.
Two caveats: 1) I will only install these into this particular Latin Vulgate Bible you purchased from me.
ONLY THE 1901 Facsimile, NOT the "Tweedale" Bibles
This service is not for any other books or bibles.
2) This service is for domestic customers only.
Add the option below "Add Marker Ribbons ONLY" for $10
When I receive your order, I will email you a shipping label that you can print out and fasten to your package.
The postage will be for USPS Media Mail. Place your bible in a box and pack it well. DO NOT USE AN ENVELOPE (even if it's padded) or you run the risk of postal system handling damage. When I receive your bible the ribbons will be installed and it will be shipped back to you via USPS Media Mail.
If you wish to install the ribbons yourself or have a bookbinder install them, I will send you a set of ribbons for free.
FYI: I'm using 3/8" double faced satin, one black, one red. These materials are readily available at your nearby department or craft store if you want to source them locally. They are each cut at 15" long, with 1" to 1 1/4" of it glued between the headband and back of the book block. Black first, then red, side by side centered on the back of the book block.
I only recommend the self-installation for folks who consider them selves 'crafty' as it requires a certain amount of finesse and attention to detail to install them properly. Also, self-installation is to be done at your own risk. If you damage your book in the process- I cannot repair or replace it at my expense.
I will post a short tutorial soon on how to install them.