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.
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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."
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."
-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)
-"Soft Touch" matte laminated hardcover
-6" wide by 9" tall
-2 color maps on 70# matte paper
-colored headbands and end sheets
-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 how 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:
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"The Last Gospel"
The Comma Johanneum
The Prophet Daniel