Breviarium Romanum, Diurnale, 1962, Pocket Edition
by The Roman Catholic Church
Original year of publication: 1962
I am always pleased to see yet another edition of the Roman Breviary back in print. This new offering could be called "The Diurnale-Resized". This is an exact reprint of a popular reprint that I have already reviewed here on churchlatin.com. Here is the review of the full sized edition, which measures 7" tall by 4" wide. The new pocket edition comes in at 5" tall by 3" wide. This Breviary brings a whole new meaning to the word 'portability'. It is neither heavy nor bulky and will fit quite easily into most purses, handbags, briefcases, or even a breast pocket or inside pocket of a coat. At almost 1 1/4" thick, you probably won't want to put it in your back pants pocket! Anyway, on to the details.
*This is an exact facsimile reprint (not a newly typeset edition) of the Breviarium Romanum, Diurnale. (If you don't know, a Diurnale is simply a Breviary which contains all of the "Day Hours" of the Divine Office, namely- Lauds, Prime, Terce, Sext, None, Vespers, and Compline. This volume does not contain the hour of Matins.)
*This is the "1962" edition in which the rubrics were officially promulgated in 1960 and put into force in 1961. This edition is used by the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, The Society of Saint Pius X, The Canons Regular of St. John Cantius, many other traditional religious orders, and scores of traditional lay Catholics throughout the world.
*Contains all Latin text, no English. Psalms are Vulgate edition, not "Pian" or "Bea" Psalter.
*Contains all of the Propers for all of the principal feasts according to time (Proprium de Tempore) and the feasts of the Saints (Proprium Sanctorum) for the entire liturgical year.
*Contains many 'extras'. I call them extras because some of them don't actually form a part of the Divine Office but they are part of the patrimony of the Church. I won't relist them here. Refer to the review of the larger reprint for details and page scans. LINK
*Although this is nowhere contained in the book, (because it was removed by the reprinter) this book was originally printed by Desclee, Society of St. John the Evangelist.
*Beware: the print is rather small. If you have poor eyesight, this may not be the book for you. Normally, pocket sized books are formatted especially for the purpose, with larger fonts to make them easier to read. This one is just a standard sized edition, shrunken down. See the image gallery below for a detailed view.
Construction and features: Covers are flexible with a black imitation leather covering. Gold embossing on cover and spine. 4 ribbon markers. Decorative headbands. Red page edges. Red and Black text throughout. Printed on thin, off-white "bible paper" (approx. 20lb or a bit heavier).
It seems to be well put together. It is not an exquisite edition by any means but this should keep the cost down. Seems to be quite durable and well made.
N.B.- The only difference between the content of this edition and the larger one is that the table of movable feasts has been updated. The larger edition ran from 1962 to 1997 and the pocket edition runs from 2008 to 2043.
The cost was modest for a book of this type. 35.51 Euros ($47.96) plus 6.80 Euros ($9.18) for shipping. I ordered it on Jan. 6, 2013. The order was processed on Jan. 8 and the book shipped on Jan 17. It arrived on Feb. 4.
At this point in time, the only place that one can order this book from is the Abbaye du Barroux in France. I would guess that it is only a matter of time before it is available from U.S. based religious booksellers but if you want a copy now, go to www.barroux.org and place your order. What are you waiting for???!!! Here is a direct link to the book- Diurnale Romanum (format poche)
Explanation of images in the photo gallery:
1-6 are various exterior views of the Breviary.
7-10 are interior views, the first image with a quarter on the title page.
10-12 are close-ups of the text, the first being the pocket Diurnale, then the full size, and then side by side.
13 is the pocket Diurnale next to it's big brother.
14 is a family photo of big brother, little brother, and older brother. (older brother is a pocket sized Horae Diurnae from 1884 A.D.)
15 is the title page from the 1884 Horae Diurnae
16 is the pocket Diurnale in a custom made slipcase, which I fabricated from cardboard and book repair tape.