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Vintage and Antique Catholic Books
  • Life Stories of Dying Penitents, 1892

    Life Stories of Dying Penitents, 1892

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    This is a wonderful antique collection of stories.  The full title reads: ”Life Stories of Dying Penitents; or Sick-Calls from the Diary of a Missionary Priest”.  It contains 16 first person stories of his experiences at the bedside of those near death. His stories are a somber reminder that we should daily reflect on the Four Last Things: Death, Judgement, Heaven, and Hell.


    Condition: There is a bookplate and a pencil signature on the first pages. Please See Pictures.

    Dimensions: 7” tall x 5” wide. 366 pp

    Shipping: $5


    Item ID: B19012.27

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  • A Manual of the Councils of the Holy Catholic Church, 1846, 1st ed.

    A Manual of the Councils of the Holy Catholic Church, 1846, 1st ed.

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    This is a rare find! The full title reads: “A Manual of the Councils of the Holy Catholick Church Comprising the Substance of the Most Remarkable and Important Canons, Alphabetically Arranged by the Rev. Edward H. Landon”. It is a compendium of all of the councils of the Catholic Church arranged alphabetically by location.  Each entry includes a summary, key figures involved, the location, and the date.


    Dimensions: 7.75” tall x 4.5” wide and 2” deep. 736 pp

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    Item ID: B19013.11

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  • The New Jersey Sisters of Charity 1859 - 1933

    The New Jersey Sisters of Charity 1859 - 1933

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    This is a fantastic in-depth history of a religious convent.  Also known as the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, the convent was founded by Mother Mary Xavier Mehegan in 1859. The Sisters of Charity established the College of Saint Elizabeth, which was the first four-year women's college in New Jersey, as well as parish schools, academies, hospitals, a day nursery, orphanages, a home for the incurably ill, and a residence for working women.

    This boxed set consists of  3 volumes in excellent, like-new condition.


    Dimensions: 10” tall x 5” wide and 7” deep boxed

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    Item ID: B19010.27

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  • The Book of Mary by Henri Daniel-Rops, 1st ed.

    The Book of Mary by Henri Daniel-Rops, 1st ed.

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    This is a wonderful devotional book. It is a complete history of veneration of  the Blessed Virgin Mother.

    Original blurb for this book:

    The Book of Mary might well be subtitled "The Quest for the Historical Mother of Jesus," for this book is a great author's search for all that is known, from the testimony of contemporaries, ancient texts and later interpretations, about the life and days of "the most appealing of all figures in the Gospels," the woman chosen to be the Mother of Christ.

    Complete in content, beautifully designed and illustrated, the book deals with all the recorded facts about Mary, based primarily on the relatively few occasions in which she is written about in the New Testament by Matthew, Luke and John, and the many occasions in which she appears in early post-Biblical writings.  Further, The Book of Mary reproduced actual apocryphal and pseudo-epigraphical texts, little known to the average reader, making it a definite study covering material relatively untouched in any other popular work, and presenting its glowing subject, as one advance reader said, "succinctly, clearly and authoritatively."


    Condition: The cover is a bit faded. Please See Pictures.

    Dimensions: 9” tall x 6” wide, 224 pages

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    Item ID: B19005.9

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  • 1961 Fulton Sheen Sunday Missal

    1961 Fulton Sheen Sunday Missal

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    This is a vintage missal for the Pre-Vatican II Mass now commonly referred to as the Traditional Latin Mass. It has an excellent introduction and other contributions by the Venerable Fulton Sheen. 

    The missal includes:

    • Archbishop Sheen’s lengthy introduction
    • Explanations of aspects of the Latin Mass
    • The readings for all Sundays and Feast days 
    • The Canon of the Mass in Latin and English
    • First Friday Mass, Nuptial Mass, and Requiem Mass

    The missal is in good condition with no marks or tears. The spine is very strong and the gilded page edges are still bright. The white leather cover is very clean with no cracks or smudges. PLEASE SEE PICTURES.


    Dimensions: 7” tall x 4.5” wide and 1.75” thick

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    Item ID: B19004.17

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  • Lives of Saints, 1954 1st Edition

    Lives of Saints, 1954 1st Edition

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    This is a wonderful vintage book find. It is a collection of stories of selected saints including many beautiful illustrations. The full title reads: Lives of Saints with Excerpts from Their Writings.  The stories begin with Saint Ignatius of Antioch and end with Saint Pius X. 


    The book is hardbound with elegantly embossed and gilded covers. 527 pages.


    Dimensions: 8.5” tall x 6.25” wide and 2” deep

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    Item ID: B19003.5

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  • The Garden of the Soul, circa 1877

    The Garden of the Soul, circa 1877

    $240.00

    This is a stunning antique prayer book. The full title reads: “The Garden of the Soul A Manual of Catholic Devotion, of Spiritual Exercises and Instructions for Christians Who, Living in the World, Aspire to Devotion”.  The book is 621 pages and contains many prayers, devotions for confession, holy communion, the ordinary of the mass and much, much more.

    The book is bound in celluloid with a beautiful decorative silver inlay on the cover and gilded page edges. There is no publishing date given but the first year in the Table of Movable Feasts is 1878.


    Condition: The latch is broken and the end pages are flaking along the edges.Please see pictures.

    Dimensions: 4.25” tall x 3” wide and 1.5” thick

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    Item ID: B19011.16

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  • A Catechism on Birth Control, 1949

    A Catechism on Birth Control, 1949

    $80.00

    This is a vintage publication on Catholic teaching. It is a booklet that discusses the Catholic arguments against contraception. It is presented in the format of the Baltimore Catechism with questions put forth followed by the Church’s answers. This was published in 1949 well before the encyclical Humanae Vitae (Pope Paul VI, 1968) proving that this is a long-standing church teaching.

    Dimensions: 7.5” x 5”, 62 pp

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    Item ID: B19006.9

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  • The Catechism of the Council of Trent, 1905

    The Catechism of the Council of Trent, 1905

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    This is a wonderful antique explanation of Catholic teaching.  The Catechism of the Council of Trent, also known as the Roman Catechism, produced in 1566 is the oldest summary of the doctrines and teachings of the Catholic Church.  This edition includes the entire Roman Catechism with helpful side-bar notations.


    Condition: There is a small faded area on the cover. Please See Pictures.

    Dimensions: 9.5” x 6.5”

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    Item ID: B19007.48

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  • Antique Illustrated French Missal for Winter, 1866

    Antique Illustrated French Missal for Winter, 1866

    $100.00

    This rare vintage prayer book is in excellent condition. The full title is “Paroissien Romain Tres-Complet” and it contains many daily prayers, litanies, prayers for confession and communion, as well as the Mass in Latin with the propers for feast days and all Sundays from Christmas through Pentecost. 

    The book is bound in black leather with gilded pages and decorative detailing. It has 1094 pages with many illustrations. 

     

    Condition: The binding is still tight but the cover corners show wear. Please See Pictures.

    Dimensions: 6” tall x 4” wide and 1.5” thick

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    Item ID: B170430

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  • Mary: The Queen of the House of David and Mother of Jesus, 1893

    Mary: The Queen of the House of David and Mother of Jesus, 1893

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    This is an exceptional antique Catholic book. It is the story of the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary by Rev. A. Stewart Walsh, D.D.  It has 43 chapters beginning with Chapter I - “The Queen’s Portrait” and ending with Chapter XLIII - “A Coffin Full of Flowers and a Girdle with Wings”.

    Both the introduction and the dedication expound on the life of the  Madonna as an example of the beauty and virtue of all women.

    The Dedication:

    “To Womankind Throughout the World this Story of a Life Most Beautiful, Beneficent and Inspiring is dedicated.”

     

     

    Dimensions: 8” tall x 6” wide and 2” deep, 625 pgs

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    Item ID: B180113

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  • “Moral Theology" by Bishop François Genet, 1718, Vol. 7

    “Moral Theology" by Bishop François Genet, 1718, Vol. 7

    $320.00

    This is a wonderful antique book on Catholic moral theology. The full title is “Moral Theology or Resolution of Cases of Consciousness According to Sacred Scripture, Canons, & the Holy Fathers”. This is volume 7 (out of 8). It is written in French and is a total of 560 pages long.

    The book is bound in soft leather over board with a gilded decorative spine. The pages have yellowed somewhat with age, but they are still firmly bound. All in all, it is in excellent condition.

     

    Dimensions: 6.5” x 4.25” x 1.5” thick

    Item ID: B190102.60

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